Anthropology of Islam

Anthropology of Islam

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by Gabriele Marranci
     
 

An increasing number of people have questions about Islam and Muslims. But how can we approach and study Islam after September 11th? Which is the best methodology to understand an Islam that is changing in a globalized world?

The Anthropology of Islam argues that Islam today needs to be studied as a living religion through the observation of everyday Muslim life.

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Overview

An increasing number of people have questions about Islam and Muslims. But how can we approach and study Islam after September 11th? Which is the best methodology to understand an Islam that is changing in a globalized world?

The Anthropology of Islam argues that Islam today needs to be studied as a living religion through the observation of everyday Muslim life. Drawing on extensive original fieldwork, Marranci provides provocative analyses of Islam and its relation to issues such as identities, politics, culture, power and gender.

The Anthropology of Islam is unprecedented in its innovative and challenging discussion about fieldwork among Muslims, and its ethnographically based interpretations of contemporary aspects of Islam in a post-September 11th society. The book will appeal to those in anthropology and beyond who see and are interested in investigating the unsettled place of Islam in our multicultural society.

About the Author:
Gabriele Marranci is Lecturer in the Anthropology of Religion, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845202859
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Islam: Beliefs, History and Rituals     13
From Studying Islam to Studying Muslims     31
Studying Muslims in the West: Before and After September 11     53
From the Exotic to the Familiar: Anamneses of Fieldwork among Muslims     71
Beyond the Stereotype: Challenges in Understanding Muslim Identities     89
The Ummah Paradox     103
The Dynamics of Gender in Islam     117
Conclusion     139
Glossary     147
References     151
Index     173

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