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Creed for the Common Folk: Theological Literacy in Early Modern Morocco
Humanities Research Fellowship for the Study of the Arab World program

According to the historically dominant school of Islamic theology in Morocco, all Muslims must have a basic understanding of creedal doctrine to be of sound standing in the afterlife. What, then, to do with the reality that much of the populace in pre-modern Morocco seemed to lack such an understanding? This presentation examines the ways that Moroccan scholars of the 16th and 17th centuries jockeyed for the authority to answer this question, with some of them promoting the active monitoring, teaching, and disciplining of creedal knowledge among people in their broader communities. The disputes and activities of these scholars not only shed light on their own anxieties but also offer glimpses into the sorts of beliefs held by people beyond their elite circles.

Caitlyn Olson - Humanities Research Fellow, NYUAD

Justin Stearns - Associate Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD

5pm Abu Dhabi | 8am New York

*Open to the NYU community and by invitation
*This webinar will be recorded for institutional memory and a recording will be made available afterwards

Dec 6, 2020 05:00 PM in Dubai

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