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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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The Qurʾan School, the Body, and the Health of the Umma

The Qurʾan School, the Body, and the Health of the Umma

(p.237) Conclusion The Qurʾan School, the Body, and the Health of the Umma
The Walking Qur'an

Rudolph T. Ware III

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter wraps some closing arguments about West African history and competing ways of knowing in Islam around the observation that Qu'an schooling has long been seen as an index of the social and spiritual health of West African Muslim communities. The stubborn relevance of classical ways of learning and teaching Islam in much of Africa and the relative neglect (or invisibility) of such schooling in much of the Arab world are revealing. Those interested in Islamic knowledge should be paying more attention to Africa than we usually do.

Keywords:   Qu'an schooling, West Africa, Muslim communities, Islam

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