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Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

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Body, text, and talk in Maroua Fulbe Qur'anic schooling

Leslie C. Moore1

1Leslie C. Moore is Assistant Professor of Language, Education, and Society and Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Language Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.

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Citation Information: Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse Communication Studies. Volume 28, Issue 5, Pages 643–665, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: 10.1515/TEXT.2008.033, September 2008

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In this article, I present a language socialization approach to the study of Qur'anic schooling. Integrating insights from holistic study of the community and the institution, analysis of video recordings of Qur'anic school interaction, and video playback and interviews with community members, I describe the apprenticeship of Fulbe children into Qur'anic orality and literacy as a gradual transfer of responsibility for rendering the sacred text. I describe the organization of Qur'anic schooling at three levels: the stages of the curriculum, the phases of a lesson, and the turn-by-turn organization of child–teacher interaction. I present fine-grained analysis of video to illustrate how teachers and children used specific practices of body positioning, pointing, and eye gaze in conjunction with the written text and utterances in Arabic and Fulfulde to manage the transfer of the text during the first phase of a lesson. I then discuss perspectives on these multimodal practices articulated by Fulbe concerning how these practices contributed to the achievement of desired outcomes of Qur'anic schooling. I conclude by discussing how the language socialization perspective and attention to multiple modalities increase our understanding of Qur'anic schooling as an activity setting in which Muslim subjectivities come into being.

Keywords:: language socialization; Islam; sacred text; reading; multimodality

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