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Islam, Politics, Anthropology. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue Book Series

  • ID: 2249082
  • Journal
  • 252 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Anthropology has enjoyed a lengthy – and at times problematic – engagement with Islam and Muslim societies.Islam, Politics, Anthropology offers critical reflections on past and current studies of Islam and politics in anthropology and charts new analytical approaches to examining Islam in the highly charged atmosphere of the post–9/11 world. Working with an intentionally broad understanding of politics, the volume considers not just the state, formal politics, and organizations, but also everyday politics and micropolitics – arenas where anthropology is especially adept at analysis. Essays explore contemporary ways of being Muslim and the complex politics of Muslim self–fashioning, and consider current debates about religious practice and ethics, the nature of the state, citizenship, and Muslims efforts to simply get by in the current historical conjuncture. Challenging formalist models of political participation in the social sciences, widespread assumptions about Muslim exceptionalism, and the recent so–called ′ethical turn,′ the volume highlights the complexities, contingencies, and contradictions in the political engagements of contemporary Muslims in a variety of locales in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Provocative and timely,Islam, Politics, Anthropology represents a valuable contribution to understanding the place of Islam in the 21st century world.
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Notes on contributors.

1 Benjamin Soares & Filippo OsellaIslam, politics, anthropology.

2 Samuli SchielkeBeing good in Ramadan: ambivalence, fragmentation, and the moral self in the lives of young Egyptians.

3 Hatsuki Aishima & Armando SalvatoreDoubt, faith, and knowledge: the reconfi guration of the intellectual field in post–Nasserist Cairo.

4 Magnus MarsdenA tour not so grand: mobile Muslims in northern Pakistan.

5 Kai KresseMuslim politics in postcolonial Kenya: negotiating knowledge on the double–periphery.

6 Rosa De JorioBetween dialogue and contestation: gender, Islam, and the challenges of a Malian public sphere.

7 Lara DeebPiety politics and the role of a transnational feminist analysis.

8 Julie McBrienMukadas′s struggle: veils and modernity in Kyrgyzstan.

9 Irfan AhmadGenealogy of the Islamic state: reflections on Maududi′s political thought and Islamism.

10 Maimuna HuqTalking jihad and piety: reformist exertions among Islamist women in Bangladesh.

11 Daromir RudnyckyjMarket Islam in Indonesia.

12 Filippo Osella & Caroline OsellaMuslim entrepreneurs in public life between India and the Gulf: making good and doing good.

13 Gregory StarrettIslam and the politics of enchantment.


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Filippo Osella
Benjamin Soares
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