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Published: 03 March 2021

280 Pages


ISBN: 9780190244743

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Agents of God

Boundaries and Authority in Muslim and Christian Schools

Jeffrey Guhin

  • One of the few ethnographic works on either Muslim or Conservative Protestant high schools
  • The first book-length comparative ethnography of conservative Protestants and Sunni Muslims
  • Shows the relevance of the Aristotelian distinction between "essence" and "accident" in sociological work on boundaries
  • Develops the concept of "external authorities" as a way to explain how certain social forces like Science, Scripture, or Prayer, are experienced and identified as authoritative actors capable of making declaration and commands.