Circuits of Faith: Migration, Education, and the Wahhabi by Michael Farquhar

By Michael Farquhar

The Islamic collage of Medina was once confirmed through the Saudi kingdom in 1961 to supply non secular guide essentially to overseas scholars. scholars might come to Medina for spiritual schooling and have been then anticipated to behave as missionaries, selling an realizing of Islam in accordance with the middle tenets of Wahhabism. by means of the early 2000s, greater than 11,000 younger males from around the globe had graduated from the Islamic college.

Circuits of Faith deals the 1st exam of the Islamic collage and considers the efforts undertaken through Saudi actors and associations to exert non secular impact a long way past the kingdom's borders. Michael Farquhar attracts on Arabic assets, together with biographical fabrics, memoirs, syllabi, and again problems with the Islamic collage magazine, in addition to interviews with former employees and scholars, to discover the institution's background and college, the content material and elegance of guideline, and the trajectories and reviews of its scholars. Countering average assumptions, Farquhar argues that the undertaking undertaken during the Islamic collage quantities to anything extra advanced than simply the one-way "export" of Wahhabism. via transnational networks of scholars and college, this Saudi state-funded spiritual challenge additionally depends, and has in flip been inspired via, far-reaching circulations of people and ideas.

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