Advertisement

Introduction: Teaching Me How to Pray

  • Cory Thomas Pechan Driver
Chapter
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Abstract

The work opens with a vignette of a Muslim guard at a Jewish cemetery in Meknes explaining how she came to work there as well as expressing excitement that she will have a chance to demonstrate “how Jews pray” to my class on their field trip. The theoretical grounding section discusses the units of analysis (Muslim performances of authority in Jewish spaces, as well as the moral selves and experiences of the Muslim guards and guides). I then move on to a discussion of performance studies methodologies as well as framing moral experience. The introduction closes with an explanation of the indigenous metaphor that frames the work: “drinking the milk of trust” which is the moral and biological training process by which one comes to be authentically linked to a shared Judeo-Muslim heritage.

References

  1. Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2008. Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Stories. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  2. Asad, Talal. 1986. The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam. Washington, DC: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.Google Scholar
  3. Bell, Catherine. 1992. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Briggs, Charles L. 1988. Competence in Performance: The Creativity of Tradition in Mexicano Verbal Art. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  5. Crapanzano, Vincent. 1980. Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  6. Flueckiger, Joyce Burkhalter. 2006. Amma’s Healing Room: Gender and Vernacular Islam in South Asia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Gade, Anna. 2004. Perfection Makes Practice: Learning, Emotion, and the Recited Qurʼān in Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.Google Scholar
  8. Hirshkind, Charles. 2006. The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Hymes, Dell. 1986. “In Vain I Tried to Tell You”: Essays in Native American Ethnopoetics. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  10. Jackson, Michael. 1998. Minima Ethnographica: Intersubjectivity and the Anthropological Project. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  11. Jauss, Hans Robert. 1982. Toward an Aesthetic of Reception, trans. Timothy Bahti. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
  12. Kleinman, Arthur. 1995. Writing at the Margins: Discourse Between Anthropology and Medicine. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  13. Lawless, Elaine. 1992. “‘I Was Afraid Someone Like You…. An Outsider… Would Misunderstand’: Negotiating Interpretive Differences Between Ethnographers and Subjects.” The Journal of American Folklore, 105 (417): 302–14. Google Scholar
  14. Maggi, Wynne. 2001. Our Women Are Free: Gender and Ethnicity in the Hindukush. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.Google Scholar
  15. Mahmood, Saba. 2011. Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  16. Nancy, Jean-Luc. 2000. Being Singular Plural, trans. Robert Richardson and Anne O’Bryne. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  17. Reynolds, Dwight. 1995. Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.Google Scholar
  18. Seeman, Don. 2010. One People, One Blood: Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to Judaism. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.Google Scholar
  19. ———2015. “Coffee and the Moral Order: Ethiopian Jews and Pentecostals Against Culture.” American Ethnologist 42 (4): 734–48.Google Scholar
  20. Webber, Sabra Jean. 1991. Romancing the Real: Folklore and Ethnographic Representation in North Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  21. Wikan, Unni. 1990. Managing Turbulent Hearts: A Balinese Formula for Living. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cory Thomas Pechan Driver
    • 1
  1. 1.Council on International Educational ExchangeRabatMorocco

Personalised recommendations