The Walking Qur'an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa

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UNC Press Books, 2014 - 330 páginas
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"Typesetter: code used below Spanning a thousand years of history--and bringing the story to the present through ethnographic fieldwork in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania--Rudolph Ware documents the profound significance of Quran schools for West African Muslim communities. Such schools peacefully brought Islam to much of the region, becoming striking symbols of Muslim identity. Ware shows how in Senegambia the schools became powerful channels for African resistance during the eras of the slave trade and colonization. While illuminating the past, Ware also makes signal contributions to understanding contemporary Islam by demonstrating how the schools' epistemology of embodiment gives expression to classical Islamic frameworks of learning and knowledge. Today, many Muslims and non-Muslims find West African methods of Quran schooling puzzling and controversial. In fascinating detail, Ware introduces these practices from the viewpoint of the practitioners, explicating their emphasis on educating the whole human being as if to remake it as a living replica of the Quran. From this perspective, the transference of knowledge in core texts and rituals is literally embodied in people, helping shape them--like the Prophet of Islam--into vital bearers of the word of God. "--
 

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Islam the Quran School and the Africans
1
CHAPTER 1 Education Embodiment and Epistemology
39
The Making of a Clerisy ca 10001770
77
Slavery and Revolution in Senegambia 17701890
110
Schooling Sufism and Social Change in Colonial Senegal 18901945
163
Reform and Epistemology in Senegal 1945Present
203
The Quran School the Body and the Health of the Umma
237
Glossary
259
Notes
261
Bibliography
295
Index
319
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Rudolph T. Ware III is assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan.

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