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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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Education, Embodiment, and Epistemology

Education, Embodiment, and Epistemology

(p.39) 1 Education, Embodiment, and Epistemology
The Walking Qur'an

Rudolph T. Ware III

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the philosophy of knowledge behind Qurʾan schooling. It crafts a detailed historical ethnography of the institution in Senegambia in the recent past and uses it to open an exploration of how knowledge was conceived and transmitted. The chapter moves on to trace the specific kind of Qurʾan schooling found here—and its view of the elements of knowledge—back to the early days of Islam. From there it develops the claim that the literal incorporation of texts (including ingesting them) was central to learning and embodying knowledge. Carrying the Book inside and making it manifest through deeds were inexorably linked.

Keywords:   Qurʾan schooling, philosophy of knowledge, Senegambia, Islam

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