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The Anthropology of Islamic LawEducation, Ethics, and Legal Interpretation at Egypt's Al-Azhar$
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Aria Nakissa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190932886

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190932886.001.0001

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Higher Religious Learning in Modern Egypt

Higher Religious Learning in Modern Egypt

(p.65) 2 Higher Religious Learning in Modern Egypt
The Anthropology of Islamic Law

Aria Nakissa

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a detailed ethnographic and historical account of higher religious learning in modern Egypt. It begins with a description of premodern Egyptian religious learning prior to the Napoleonic invasion. It then provides an overview of contemporary Egypt’s leading institutions of higher religious education. First it describes al-Azhar University, then Cairo University’s Dār al-ʿUlūm. It examines the structure of each of these institutions, their academic programs, and their political function. It also examines the academic, professional, and personal lives of students and teachers at these institutions.

Keywords:   Islam, Egypt, education, al-Azhar, Dār al-ʿUlūm

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