Chapter 1. Islam, Politics, Anthropology

  1. Filippo Osella Reader1 and
  2. Benjamin Soares Senior Research Fellow2
  1. Benjamin Soares Senior Research Fellow2 and
  2. Filippo Osella Reader1

Published Online: 20 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324402.ch1

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

How to Cite

Soares, B. and Osella, F. (2010) Islam, Politics, Anthropology, in Islam, Politics, Anthropology (eds F. Osella and B. Soares), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324402.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK

  2. 2

    Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK

  2. 2

    Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332957

Online ISBN: 9781444324402

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Keywords:

  • Islam, politics, anthropology - studies of Islam and politics in anthropology;
  • September 11, 2001 event - central moments in representations of Islam and Muslim societies;
  • Gellner's neo-Weberian model, modernity - and forms of progressive rationalization;
  • Talal Asad's 1986 essay on anthropology of Islam - a major turning-point;
  • Gellner and Geertz, importance of religion in societies - and profound social transformations;
  • anthropological study of Islam and Muslim societies - and challenges;
  • views within Islam, via Muslims' interpretations and representations;
  • Ernest Gellner, developing over - Evans-Pritchard's social structural approach;
  • anthropologists, teleological analyses of politics - among Muslims, as epiphenomenon of Islam;
  • formalist definitions and models in social sciences - rejecting assumptions about Muslim exceptionalism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social structure, culture, and the conundrums of modernity

  • Civil society and the public sphere

  • Gender politics

  • Politics unbound

  • Islamism, post-Islamism, and questions of piety

  • Islam and politics today

  • Acknowledgments

  • Notes

  • References