By Magnus Marsden, Konstantinos Retsikas
This number of arresting and leading edge chapters applies the concepts of anthropology in interpreting 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 think about whilst Islam is, and isn't, a significant characteristic in their informants’ life-worlds and identities. The chapters that keep on with are written by way of students with long term, expert learn adventure in Muslim societies starting from Kenya to Pakistan and from Yemen to China: hence they discover and examine Islam’s social importance in a number of settings that aren't constrained to the center East or South Asia on my own. The authors verify how worthwhile present anthropological learn is in laying off gentle on Islam’s dating to modern societies. jointly, the members installation 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 ways, within the present political context, anthropologists may possibly proceed carrying out delicate and nuanced paintings with Muslim groups. ultimately, an afterword via a student of Christianity explores the conceptual parallels among the book’s key topics 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 kin with Islam will supply a big counterpoint to many generally held assumptions in regards to the incontestability of Islam within the public sphere.
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Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds by Magnus Marsden, Konstantinos Retsikas