Muslims in Global Societies Series

Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds

Editors: Marsden, Magnus, Retsikas, Konstantinos (Eds.)

  • A critical and lucid introduction to key developments in the anthropology of Islam which provides a new theoretical framework
  • Includes carefully chosen comparative case studies from across the Muslim world
  • Chapters reflect on key methodological dilemmas for anthropologists conducting fieldwork on Islam and relate these to wider theory Actively addresses scholarships about world religions in related disciplines and includes a chapter written by a leading anthropologist of Christianity
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About this book

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.

 

About the authors

Magnus Marsden is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He was previously a Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and Graduate Officer in Research at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge (2002-2007). He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, and is the author of Living Islam: Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (Cambridge, 2005), and with Benjamin Hopkins Fragments of the Afghan Frontier (Hurst, 2011). Konstantinos Retsikas is a lecturer in the Anthropology of South East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has conducted fieldwork in East Java, Indonesia and his publications include articles in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Indonesia and the Malay World, and South East Asia Research.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The papers are written in the frame of the debate about what constitutes an anthropology of Islam, and appropriately, respond with and from ethnographic work. … With its range of geographical contexts and authorial perspectives, it is a valuable contribution to thinking within the anthropology of Islam. … it raises issues that will help our understanding of other religions and of humanity.” (Moyra Dale, Aseasuk News, Issue 54, 2013)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Marsden, Magnus (et al.)

    Pages 1-31

  • Shurafā’ as Cosmopolitans: Islam, Genealogy and Hierarchy in the Central Sahara

    Scheele, Judith

    Pages 33-54

  • Death and the Spirit of Patriarchy in Western India

    Simpson, Edward

    Pages 55-76

  • On the Skills to Navigate the World, and Religion, for Coastal Muslims in Kenya

    Kresse, Kai

    Pages 77-99

  • Beyond Islam: Tradition and the Intelligibility of Experience

    Rasanayagam, Johan

    Pages 101-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds
Editors
  • Magnus Marsden
  • Konstantinos Retsikas
Series Title
Muslims in Global Societies Series
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4267-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4267-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4266-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9597-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 268
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