By Jacquelene G. Brinton

Preaching Islamic Renewal examines the lifestyles and paintings of Muhammad Mitwalli Sha‘rawi, one in all Egypt's such a lot liked and winning Islamic preachers. His wildly renowned television application aired each Friday for years until eventually his dying in 1998. on the peak of his profession, it was once envisioned that as much as 30 million humans tuned in to his express each one week. but regardless of his pervasive and persisted impression in Egypt and the broader Muslim global, Sha‘rawi was once for a very long time missed by means of lecturers. whereas a lot of the tutorial literature that makes a speciality of Islam in glossy Egypt repeats the declare that generally educated Muslim students suffered the lack of non secular authority, Sha‘rawi is as an alternative an instance of a well-trained Sunni pupil who grew to become a countrywide media sensation. As an consultant to the rulers of Egypt in addition to the 1st Arab tv preacher, he was once essentially the most vital and arguable spiritual figures in late-twentieth-century Egypt. because of the repurposing of his video clips on tv and on the web, Sha‘rawi’s performances are nonetheless frequently seen. Jacquelene Brinton makes use of Sha‘rawi and his paintings as a lens to discover how conventional Muslim specialists have used a variety of media to place forth a different imaginative and prescient of the way Islam will be renewed and revived within the modern global. via his weekly tv appearances he popularized lengthy held theological and moral ideals and have become a scholar-celebrity who impacted social and political existence in Egypt.

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