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

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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 Qur'an 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 Sen ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by University of North Carolina Press (first published June 1st 2014)
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Mehwish Mughal
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"When I began researching Qur'an schools a dozen years ago, I shared Human Rights Watch's view that the daara was an exploitative and backward institution. I pitied the taalibes because they were suffering awful exploitation, and I too wondered whether they were actually learning anything."
The author, through an ethnographic approach, reaches the bottom of what it means to be studying in Qur'an schools in West Africa and how these taalibes were an embodiment of Islamic knowledge and were prope
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Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
There is a very short essay by Gershom Scholem, called "The People of the Book." It is a great text to read next to this brilliant book to also think about the walking Qur'an in the Abrahamic longe duree
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Walking Quran

Full of wisdom from an intellectual, historical and religious perspective. Beautiful attempt at explaining the religion and it's roots and differences.
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