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The Anthropology of Islamic Law: Education, Ethics, and Legal Interpretation at Egypt's Al-Azhar

Aria Nakissa


This book shows how hermeneutic theory and practice theory can be brought together to analyze cultural, legal, and religious traditions. These ideas are developed through an analysis of the Islamic legal tradition, which examines both Islamic legal doctrine and religious education. In terms of disciplinary orientation, the book combines anthropology and Islamicist history, utilizing both ethnography and in-depth analysis of Arabic religious texts. The book focuses on higher religious learning in contemporary Egypt, examining its intellectual, ethical, and pedagogical dimensions. Data is drawn ... More

Keywords: Islam, law, religion, anthropology, hermeneutics, practice theory, Egypt, al-Azhar, ethics, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190932886
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190932886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aria Nakissa, author
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis