Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim by Magnus Marsden,Konstantinos Retsikas

By Magnus Marsden,Konstantinos Retsikas

This selection of arresting and leading edge chapters applies the strategies of anthropology in studying the function performed through Islam within the social lives of the world’s Muslims. the amount starts with an advent that units out a strong case for a clean method of this sort of study, exhorting anthropologists to pause and consider while Islam is, and isn't, a primary function in their informants’ life-worlds and identities. The chapters that persist with are written via students with long term, expert examine event in Muslim societies starting from Kenya to Pakistan and from Yemen to China: therefore they discover and examine Islam’s social importance in quite a few settings that aren't restrained to the center East or South Asia by myself. The authors determine how useful present anthropological study is in laying off mild on Islam’s courting to modern societies. Collectively, the individuals set up either theoretical and ethnographic research of key advancements within the anthropology of Islam over the past 30 years, while they extrapolate their findings to handle wider debates over the anthropology of global religions extra in general. Crucially, in addition they take on the thorny query of ways, within the present political context, anthropologists may well proceed undertaking delicate and nuanced paintings with Muslim groups. ultimately, an afterword by way of a student of Christianity explores the conceptual parallels among the book’s key subject matters and the anthropology of worldwide religions in a broader context. This quantity has key modern relevance: for instance, its conclusions at the fluidity of people’s family members with Islam will offer a huge counterpoint to many regularly held assumptions in regards to the incontestability of Islam within the public sphere.


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