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The Inner Self and Public Order: About a Recent Egyptian Affair

Abstract : We would like here to stress the possibility of describing certain aspects of the present dynamics of Arab-Muslim societies without resorting to specific references, and, quite the opposite, by using problematics formulated in order to describe the structuring of the public space in 18th century Europe. We also hope to show, at the same time, first, that the use of a literature specialized in the "local" is unnecessary for understanding it, and, second, that the universality of the cognitive frameworks available to the researcher corresponds to a universality of the cognitive frameworks available to the protagonists. In other words, if the concepts used to describe a certain category of phenomena are relevant to the description of another, seemingly alien or opposed to the first, it only means that both categories belong to the same family. The present study illustrates this approach.
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Baudouin Dupret, Jean-Noël Ferrié. The Inner Self and Public Order: About a Recent Egyptian Affair. Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam, 2001, 3, pp.141-162. ⟨halshs-00178760⟩

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