The Anthropology of Islam

Author: Gabriele Marranci

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886205

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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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.

The Anthropology of Justice

Law as Culture in Islamic Society

Author: Lawrence Rosen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521367400

Category: Religion

Page: 101

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In this first full-scale study of the operations of a modern Islamic court of law in the Arabic-speaking world, the author examines the cultural foundations of judicial discretion. He shows how the analysis of legal systems requires an understanding of the concepts and relationships encountered in everyday life. Using the Islamic courts of Morocco as its substantive base, he demonstrates how the shaping of facts in a court of law, the use of local experts, and the organization of the judicial structure all contribute to the reliance on local concepts and personnel to inform the range of judicial discretion. By drawing comparisons with Anglo-American law, the author demonstrates that in both societies, it is necessary to view law as integral to culture and culture as indispensable to law.

The Anthropology of Islam Reader

Author: Jens Kreinath

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415780254

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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The Anthropology of Islam Reader brings together a rich variety of ethnographic work, offering an insight into various forms of Islam as practiced in different geographic, social, and cultural contexts. Topics explored include Ramadan and the Hajj, the Feast of Sacrifice, and the representation of Islam. An extensive introduction and bibliography helps students develop their understanding of the variety of methodological and theoretical approaches involved in the anthropological study of Islam. In his selections, Jens Kreinath highlights the diversity of practices and themes that were formative for this field of study, making this essential reading for students of Islam at undergraduate and graduate level.

A New Anthropology of Islam

Author: John R. Bowen,John Richard Bowen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521529786

Category: Religion

Page: 219

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This powerful, accessible new study explores the contributions that anthropology has made to the study and understanding of Islam.

Der inspizierte Muslim

Zur Politisierung der Islamforschung in Europa

Author: Schirin Amir-Moazami

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839436753

Category: Social Science

Page: 374

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Muslime in Europa stehen im Fokus. Sie werden beäugt, beforscht und vermessen. Von diesem geballten öffentlichen und politischen Interesse ist auch die akademische Forschung nicht ausgenommen. Der Band hält hier inne und fragt: Wer wird auf welche Weise als Muslim in den Blick genommen? Von wem und warum? Welche Fragen sind prägend und welche erkenntnistheoretischen und normativen Annahmen liegen ihnen zugrunde? Die Beiträge des Bandes beleuchten (selbst-)kritisch die Zusammenhänge von akademischem Wissen und politischem Eingriff. Denn nicht ein Mehr an Wissen über Muslime führt zu einer wirksamen Kritik an ihrer vermehrten Diskursivierung, sondern eine kritische Reflexion über die Voraussetzungen der Wissensproduktion.

The Anthropology of Religious Conversion

Author: Andrew Buckser,Stephen D. Glazier

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742517783

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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This text paints a picture of conversion far more complex than its customary image in anthropology and religious studies.

Religions in Practice

An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion

Author: John R. Bowen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317344472

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Examines religious practices from an anthropological perspective Religions in Practice, 6/e, offers an issues-oriented perspective on everyday religious behaviors – prayer, sacrifice, initiation, healing, etc. – by focusing on such topics as transnationalism, gender, and religious laws. The text examines a full spectrum of religions, from small-scale societies to major, established religions. The in-depth treatment of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity is particularly noteworthy and easily supplemented with field projects directly related to the text.

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East

Author: Soraya Altorki

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118475615

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 542

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A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East presents a comprehensive overview of current trends and future directions in anthropological research and activism in the modern Middle East. Featuring contributions from a wide range of distinguished contemporary scholars of Middle East anthropology, chapters encompass the entire breadth of the region’s cultural, social, political, and religious diversity. Numerous issues covering various aspects of Middle Eastern anthropological concerns are addressed—topics drawn from religion, the arts, language, and politics to political economy, the law, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization. Within each topic explored, individual authors focus on the most pressing methodological and theoretical concerns raised by contemporary scholars, along with key conceptual breakthroughs, gaps in the literature, and fruitful areas for further research. Timely and thought-provoking, A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East is an invaluable resource for anthropologists and other social scientists seeking a better understanding of the complex relationship between the East and West in our new global environments.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

Author: Janice Boddy,Michael Lambek

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119124999

Category: Social Science

Page: 584

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A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion presents a collection of original, ethnographically–informed essays that explore the variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world and asks how to think about religion as a subject of anthropological inquiry. Presents a collection of original, ethnographically–informed essays exploring the wide variety of beliefs, practices, and religious experiences in the contemporary world Explores a broad range of topics including the perspectivism debate, the rise of religious nationalism, reflections on religion and new media, religion and politics, and ideas of self and gender in relation to religious belief Includes examples drawn from different religious traditions and from several regions of the world Features newly–commissioned articles reflecting the most up–to–date research and critical thinking in the field, written by an international team of leading scholars Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complex relationships between religion, culture, society, and the individual in today s world

Islam, Law, and Equality in Indonesia

An Anthropology of Public Reasoning

Author: John Richard Bowen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521531894

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

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Muslims currently struggle to reconcile radically different sets of social norms and laws (including those derived from Islam, as well as contemporary ideas about gender equality and law) in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country. John Bowen explores their struggle through archival and ethnographic research and interviews with national religious and legal figures. His book relates to debates in any society where people struggle to live together with extreme differences in values and lifestyles and is welcomed by scholars and students in all branches of the social sciences.

Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds

Author: Magnus Marsden,Konstantinos Retsikas

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400742673

Category: Religion

Page: 268

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This collection of arresting and innovative chapters applies the techniques of anthropology in analyzing the role played by Islam in the social lives of the world’s Muslims. The volume begins with an introduction that sets out a powerful case for a fresh approach to this kind of research, exhorting anthropologists to pause and reflect on when Islam is, and is not, a central feature of their informants’ life-worlds and identities. The chapters that follow are written by scholars with long-term, specialist research experience in Muslim societies ranging from Kenya to Pakistan and from Yemen to China: thus they explore and compare Islam’s social significance in a variety of settings that are not confined to the Middle East or South Asia alone. The authors assess how helpful current anthropological research is in shedding light on Islam’s relationship to contemporary societies. Collectively, the contributors deploy both theoretical and ethnographic analysis of key developments in the anthropology of Islam over the last 30 years, even as they extrapolate their findings to address wider debates over the anthropology of world religions more generally. Crucially, they also tackle the thorny question of how, in the current political context, anthropologists might continue conducting sensitive and nuanced work with Muslim communities. Finally, an afterword by a scholar of Christianity explores the conceptual parallels between the book’s key themes and the anthropology of world religions in a broader context. This volume has key contemporary relevance: for example, its conclusions on the fluidity of people’s relations with Islam will provide an important counterpoint to many commonly held assumptions about the incontestability of Islam in the public sphere.

Pilgrims of Love

The Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult

Author: Pnina Werbner

Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9781850656517

Category: Islamic sects

Page: 348

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This is a study of the transnational Sufi Naqshbandi order. It discusses the complex organisation of Sufi orders as regional & transnational cults & how such cults are manifested through ritual action & embodied in sacred mythology.

Reformiert euch!

Warum der Islam sich ändern muss

Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 3641174627

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Das wichtigste Buch zur Islam-Debatte: Ayaan Hirsi Ali und ihr Plädoyer für eine Reformation des Islam Ihre eigene Biographie und intime Kenntnis der islamischen Gesellschaften und Kultur sowie ihre Forschungen machen Ayaan Hirsi Ali zu einer der wichtigsten Stimmen in der Debatte über den Islam. Ihr neues, von Optimismus getragenes Buch, an dem sie seit Jahren arbeitet, kommt im richtigen Moment: Es nimmt die Terroranschläge in Paris zum Ausgangspunkt, bietet fundierte Einordnung und Hintergründe, vor allem aber bezieht Hirsi Ali klar Stellung: gegen einen erstarrten Islam und dessen Tolerierung durch den Westen. Und für eine Reformation ihrer Religion durch die Muslime, die sie bereits auf dem Weg sieht.

Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan

Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices

Author: Barbara Casciarri,Mohamed A. Babiker

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004362185

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan analyses the hybridity of law systems and the plurality of legal practices in rural and urban contexts of contemporary Sudan, shedding light on the complex relation between Islam and society.