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Studying Islam in practice
Studying religions in practice
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
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xi, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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PSZ JB 30000010333323 BP161.3 S78 2014 Open Access Book Book

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This book presents Islam as a lived religion through observation and discussion of how Muslims from a variety of countries, traditions and views practice their religion. It conveys the experiences of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds and demonstrates the dynamic and heterogeneous world of Islam. The fascinating case studies range from Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon to the UK, USA, Australia and Indonesia, and cover topics such as music, art, education, law, gender and sexuality. Together they will help students understand how research into religious practice is carried out, and what issues and challenges arise.

Author Notes

Gabriele Marranci is an anthropologist working on religion with a specialization in Muslim societies. He is Director of the Study of Contemporary Muslim Lives research hub at Macquarie University in Australia, and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University. His books include Jihad beyond Islam (Berg 2006), The Anthropology of Islam (Berg 2007), Understanding Muslim Identity, Rethinking Fundamentalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and Faith, Ideology and Fear: Muslim Identities Within and Beyond Prisons (Continuum 2009).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Islam in PracticeGabriele Marranci
1 On Fasting in Fes: Learning about Food, Family, and Friendship during Fieldwork in Morocco (MARIA F. CURTIS
2 Studying the Muslim Family Law Courts in MoroccoLawrence Rosen
3 Hymenoplasty and the Relationship between Doctors and Muftis in EgyptL.L. Wynn
4 Studying Fatwas: Global and Local Answers to Religious QuestionsDavid Drennan
5 The hajj: its meaning for Turkish MuslimsCarol L. Delaney
6 Studying Islam and the City: The Case of IstanbulChris Houston
7 Study of Shi'a Muslim Women in Southern CaliforniaBridget Blomfield
8 Studying Indonesian Muslim masculinities in Indonesia and AustraliaPamela Nilan
9 An ethnographer among the Ahmadis: learning Islam in the suburbsMarzia Balzani
10 Women, Sexuality and MosquesS. Dervla Shannahan
11 Where heaven meets land: Music and Islam in everyday life and encountersCarin Berg
12 Reflections at a Time of Transformation: American Muslim Artists Reach Out to New Yorkers in the Aftermath of September 11Munir Jiwa
13 Global Muslim Markets in LondonJohan Fischer
14 Researching Muslim Converts: Islamic Teachings, Political Context and the Researcher's PersonalityLeon Moosavi
15 Studying Muslims and CyberspaceGary Bunt
16 Women Studying for the AfterlifeMareike J. Winkelmann
17 Experiencing Islamic Education in IndonesiaRon Lukens-Bull