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The Walking Qur'anIslamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa$
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Rudolph T. Ware

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469614311

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614311.001.0001

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: Islam, the Qurʾan School, and the Africans

: Islam, the Qurʾan School, and the Africans

(p.1) Introduction: Islam, the Qurʾan School, and the Africans
The Walking Qur'an

Rudolph T. Ware III

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory provides an overview of the book's main themes. The book explores one of the institutions most responsible for the transmission of the Qurʾan and its embodiment in lived practice—the Qurʾan school. Its main argument is that classical Qurʾan schooling and its contemporary manifestations in West Africa are based on what were once broadly held Islamic ideals about educating the whole of a human being rather than the narrow transmission of discursive knowledge. The chapter also discusses the need to put Africans back at the center of Islamic studies, where they belong, and to put Islam at the center of African studies.

Keywords:   Qurʾan, Islam, Muslims, education, African studies

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