Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices (Exploring Muslim Contexts)

Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices (Exploring Muslim Contexts)

By: Baudouin Dupret (editor), Paulo G. Pinto (editor), Thomas Pierret (editor), Kathryn Spellman-Poots (editor)Paperback

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This book shows how ethnography can create a greater understanding of Islam in particular social contexts. Islam is stereotypically presented as a monolithic civilisation that has stifled the emergence of cultural pluralism and individual freedom. In contrast, this volume showcases the diversity and plurality of Muslim societies. The contributors reflect on how the ethnographic method allows the description, representation and analysis of the social and cultural complexity of Muslim societies in the discourse of anthropology. It shows the benefit of using ethnography as a method to engage with and relate to specific real-world examples. It includes case studies on rituals and symbols in Syria, Tunisia, Damascus, Algeria, Britain, Pakistan, Brazil and Lebanon. It covers practices such as veiling, students' religious practices, charitable activities, law and scholarship in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Yemen.

About Author

Baudouin Dupret is Directeur de Recherche at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Director of the Centre Jacques-Berque in Rabat, Morocco. He is also lecturer in Islamic law at the universities of Louvain and Strasbourg. Thomas Pierret is Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at the University of Edinburgh. Paulo G. Pinto is Professor of Anthropology and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil. Kathryn Spellman-Poots is Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC).


Introduction, Baudouin Dupret, Thomas Pierret, Paulo G. Pinto and Kathryn Spellman-Poots; Part One: Rituals and Symbols:; 1. Black Magic, Divination and Remedial Reproductive Agency in Northern Pakistan, Emma Varley; 2. Preparing for the Hajj in Contemporary Tunisia: Between Religious and Administrative Ritual, Katia Boissevain; 3. 'There Used To Be Terrible Disbelief': Mourning and Social Change in Northern Syria, Katharina Lange; 4. Manifestations of Ashura among Young British Shi'is, Kathryn Spellman-Poots; 5. The Ma'ruf: An Ethnography of Ritual (South Algeria), Yazid Ben Hounet; 6. The Sufi Ritual of the Darb al-Shish and the Ethnography of Religious Experience, Paulo G. Pinto; 7. Preaching for Converts: Knowledge and Power in the Sunni Community in Rio de Janeiro, Gisele Fonseca Chagas; 8. Worshipping the Martyr President: The Darih of Rafiq Hariri in Beirut, Ward Vloerberghs; 9. Staging the Authority of the Ulama: The Celebration of the Mawlid in Urban Syria, Thomas Pierret; Part Two: Practices and Actions, Cedric Baylocq and Akila Drici-Bechikh; 10. The Salafi and the Others: An Ethnography of Intracommunal Relations in French Islam, Cedric Baylocq and Akila Drici-Bechiki; 11. Describing Religious Practices among University Students: A Case Study from the University of Jordan, Amman, Daniele Cantini; 12. Referring to Islam in Mutual Teasing: Notes on an Encounter between Two Tanzanian Revivalists, Sigurd D'hondt; 13. Salafis as Shaykhs: Othering the Pious in Cairo, Aymon Kreil; 14. Ethics of Care, Politics of Solidarity: Islamic Charitable Organisations in Turkey, Hilal Alkan-Zeybek; 15. Making Shari'a Alive: Court Practice under an Ethnographic Lens, Susanne Dahlgren; 16. Referring to Islam as a Practice: Audiences, Relevancies and Language Games within the Egyptian Parliament, Enrique Klaus and Baudouin Dupret; 17. Contesting Public Images of 'Abd al-Halim Mahmud (1910-78): Who is an Authentic Scholar?, Hatsuki Aishima; Part Three: The Ethnography of History; 18. Possessed of Documents: Hybrid Laws and Translated Texts in the Hadhrami Diaspora, Michael Gilsenan; About the Contributors; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780748689842
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780748689842
  • weight: 328
  • ISBN10: 0748689842

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