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This section is a note on contributors that occur in this book titled Guardians of Faith in Modern Times: 'Ulama' in the Middle East. The primary subject of the book is Sunni 'ulama' (men of knowledge) in the modern Middle East, who acquired their formal religious training and credentials in established madrasas and religious colleges, and were identifiable by their attire of cloaks and turbans. It seeks as far as is possible to redraw the blurred lines and better delineate the religious scholar within the modern Islamic spectrum. The objectives of the book are twofold. The first is to present an updated historical and contemporary survey of the 'ulama' in the Middle East in both urban and semi-tribal contexts. The second, no less important, aim is to re-evaluate the position of these "guardians of faith" in an era of modernization, reform, nationalism and fundamentalism.

Keywords: guardians of faith; islam; Middle East; religious scholar; ulama



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