By Richard T. Antoun

Richard Antoun records and exemplifies the one most vital establishment for the propagation of Islam, the Friday congregational sermon added within the mosque by way of the Muslim preacher. In his research of varied sermons accrued in a Jordanian village and in Amman, the writer vividly demonstrates the scope of the Islamic corpus (beliefs, ritual norms, and ethics), its flexibility with recognize to present social concerns and particular social constructions, and its means for interpretation and manipulation.

Focusing at the pivotal function of preacher as "culture broker," Antoun compares the method of "the social association of culture" in rural Jordan with comparable approaches open air the Muslim international. He then highlights the experiential measurement of Islam. The sermons mentioned variety over such themes as relations ethics, political attitudes, pilgrimage, schooling, magic, paintings, compassion, and person salvation.

Originally released in 1989.

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Typical of this effort, for instance, is the following Tradition of the Prophet (hadith) related by the shaykh: 12 The obligations/rights of a Muslim to his fellow Muslims are six: if you meet him you should greet him—the greeting and the shaking of hands cause joy in the heart; if a joyous occasion overtakes him (your fellow-Muslim) you should congratulate him—"May you be blessed, brother"; if despair afflicts him, you should console him; if he dies, you should join in his funeral procession; and if he invites you to his house or asks a favor of you, you should accommodate him.

He also told them any Muslim could read a Quranic verse and a burial prayer when the deceased was interred in the cemetery. " Most of his time was spent on this second mission, inculcating social relational norms regarding the proper behavior of wives, husbands, children, parents, neighbors, kinsmen, and fellow Muslims, and ranking them in order of importance. Typical of this effort, for instance, is the following Tradition of the Prophet (hadith) related by the shaykh: 12 The obligations/rights of a Muslim to his fellow Muslims are six: if you meet him you should greet him—the greeting and the shaking of hands cause joy in the heart; if a joyous occasion overtakes him (your fellow-Muslim) you should congratulate him—"May you be blessed, brother"; if despair afflicts him, you should console him; if he dies, you should join in his funeral procession; and if he invites you to his house or asks a favor of you, you should accommodate him.

Singer's When a Great Tradition Modernizes (religion and industry). There is no question that the linker must exercise choice or, from another perspective, management, or from still another, manipulation, in choosing which aspects from the vast corpus of a particular great tradition to emphasize. For instance, in the Islamic case in dealing with mar7. The phrase accommodation of traditions is ray own characterization of the process and is used to stress the necessity to come to terms intellectually and/or by action with the discrepancy between traditions.

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