By Richard T. Antoun

Richard Antoun files and exemplifies the one most crucial establishment for the propagation of Islam, the Friday congregational sermon introduced within the mosque via 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 admire to present social matters and particular social constructions, and its ability for interpretation and manipulation.

Focusing at the pivotal position of preacher as "culture broker," Antoun compares the method of "the social association of culture" in rural Jordan with comparable procedures outdoor the Muslim global. He then highlights the experiential size of Islam. The sermons mentioned variety over such subject matters as relations ethics, political attitudes, pilgrimage, schooling, magic, paintings, compassion, and person salvation.

Originally released in 1989.

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