A New Anthropology of Islam by John R. Bowen

By John R. Bowen

During this robust yet available new examine John Bowen attracts on an entire diversity of labor in social anthropology to offer Islam in ways in which emphasise its constitutive practices, from praying and studying to judging and political establishing. beginning on the center of Islam - revelation and studying in Arabic lands - Bowen exhibits how Muslims have tailored Islamic texts and traditions to principles and stipulations within the societies within which they dwell. Returning to key case reports in Indonesia, Africa, Pakistan and Western Europe to discover each one significant area of Islamic spiritual and social lifestyles, Bowen additionally considers the theoretical advances in social anthropology that experience pop out of the examine of Islam. a brand new Anthropology of Islam is key studying for all these drawn to the research of Islam and for these following new advancements within the self-discipline of anthropology.

Show description

Read or Download A New Anthropology of Islam PDF

Best islam books

Death and the Dervish (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

Translated by way of Bogdan Rakic and Stephen M. Dickey
Introduction by means of Henry R. Cooper, Jr.

Sheikh Nuruddin is a dervish at a Sarajevo monastery within the eighteenth century through the Turkish career. while his brother is arrested, he descends into the Kafkaesque international of the Turkish specialists to be able to discover what has occurred. As he does so, he starts to query his kin with society as a complete and, ultimately, his lifestyles offerings generally. highly profitable while released within the Nineteen Sixties, demise and the Dervish appears to be like the following in its first English translation.

The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East

After the September 11 fee concluded in 2004 that the U. S. was once engaged in a conflict with terrorists and not discovered it, they reasoned that "a failure of imagination" had avoided us from seeing terrorism coming. In influence, american citizens have been easily not able, or in reality disabled, to fathom that there have been those that hated and adversarial our democracy with such ferocity.

What is Islamic Philosophy?

What's Islamic Philosophy? deals a wide advent to Islamic suggestion, from its origins to the various tough matters dealing with Muslims within the modern international. The chapters discover early Islamic philosophy and hint its improvement via key issues and figures as much as the twenty-first century. issues lined contain: moral concerns reminiscent of simply battle, abortion, women’s rights, homosexuality and cloning questions in political philosophy concerning what sort of Islamic nation may perhaps exist and the way democratic can (or should still) Islam particularly be the contribution of Islam to ‘big questions’ resembling the lifestyles of God, the concept that of the soul, and what constitutes fact.

Islamic Marketing: Understanding the Socio-Economic, Cultural, and Politico-Legal Environment

This ebook analyzes the present Islamic advertising and marketing setting. because the Muslim international is intensely diversified by way of monetary improvement, customs and traditions and political and felony structures, it can be crucial for corporations and sellers to investigate the surroundings sooner than trying to tackle those markets.

Extra info for A New Anthropology of Islam

Example text

Let me underscore two features of this epistemological shift. The first is a style of writing about Islam in universalistic and systematic terms, 32 Learning ˆ ı as a “system” (nizˆam). The widely read works of Abul A`lˆa Maududˆ (Maududi) and Sayyid Qutb have traveled across languages and social contexts so well because they present Islam in this way: as a complete and self-sufficient system of principles and norms that does not depend on the expertise of judges and ulama, but can be understood and applied by any reader.

What have these changes in the region done to everyday life in these towns and villages? Things have changed, as relations have become more fragile between Sunnis and others, and contrasting styles of schooling lie at the heart of these divergences. All the young boys and girls in the village where Magnus Marsden lived and worked used to sit together to learn about Islam. Now, however, they attend different schools from the beginning of their religious education, studying in the afternoons after their secular schools.

Only when anthropologists and historians paid greater attention to the diversity of understandings and practices inside and around what had been taken to be relatively simple religious acts: reciting, hearing, or writing. And only when we began to look at diversities and debates in what had been thought to be relatively simple places: villages or poor urban neighborhoods. Debating hadith and arguing salat turned out to be pastimes of ordinary men and women, as well as of scholars. Schooling Traditional Islamic schooling, too, begins with aural ways of learning scripture, and as schools have changed and diversified, they have not abandoned this central component.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.43 of 5 – based on 45 votes