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

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By Magnus Marsden, Konstantinos Retsikas

This number of arresting and cutting edge chapters applies the ideas of anthropology in reading the function performed by means of Islam within the social lives of the world’s Muslims. the quantity starts with an creation that units out a strong case for a clean method of this type of learn, exhorting anthropologists to pause and consider while Islam is, and isn't, a significant characteristic in their informants’ life-worlds and identities. The chapters that persist with are written via students with long term, professional examine adventure in Muslim societies starting from Kenya to Pakistan and from Yemen to China: therefore they discover and examine Islam’s social value in various settings that aren't restrained to the center East or South Asia by myself. The authors determine how beneficial present anthropological learn is in laying off mild on Islam’s dating to modern societies. jointly, the individuals install either theoretical and ethnographic research of key advancements within the anthropology of Islam during the last 30 years, while they extrapolate their findings to handle wider debates over the anthropology of global religions extra commonly. Crucially, additionally they take on the thorny query of the way, within the present political context, anthropologists could proceed undertaking delicate and nuanced paintings with Muslim groups. ultimately, an afterword through a student of Christianity explores the conceptual parallels among the book’s key issues and the anthropology of global religions in a broader context. This quantity has key modern relevance: for instance, its conclusions at the fluidity of people’s kinfolk with Islam will supply an immense counterpoint to many regularly held assumptions concerning the incontestability of Islam within the public sphere.

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