Introduction: Islam, politics, anthropology

Osella, Filippo and Soares, Benjamin (2009) Introduction: Islam, politics, anthropology. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 15 (S1). S1-S23. ISSN 1467-9655

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In this paper, we consider anthropology's long and, at times, problematic engagement with the study of Islam and Muslim societies. Specifically, we reflect critically on ongoing anthropological debates about the relationship between Islam and politics and suggest new terms of analysis. Although we pay attention to the state and formal politics, involving various social actors and organizations, we are also interested in everyday politics and micropolitics, arenas where anthropology proves especially adept. It is at the intersection of these multiple levels and where the field of politics is constituted in practice that we situate the analytical focus of the anthropology of Islam and politics in this Special Issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Introduction to a Special Edition edited by Osella and Soares, submitted with the article from the same journal.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2013 11:51
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 11:52
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