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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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Reorganizing Time and Space

Reorganizing Time and Space

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The Anthropology of Islamic Law

Aria Nakissa

Oxford University Press

This chapter combines ethnography and textual analysis to examine how modern reform has altered traditional Islamic pedagogies inside al-Azhar and the Dār al-ʿUlūm. It gives special attention to the progressive marginalization of companionship owing to bureaucratization and the concomitant reorganization of educational time and space. The chapter explains how modern reform efforts have diminished the ethical component of traditional Islamic learning. It also discusses the political implications of such reform efforts, and their relationship to European imperialism. Specific topics discussed include student freedom and the study-circle, maximizing “efficiency” and eliminating “disorder,” Al-Azhar’s faculty of Sharīʿa, the Dār al-ʿUlūm, reordering space and time, and teachers as ethical exemplars.

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

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