Studying Islam in Practice

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Gabriele Marranci
Routledge, Dec 17, 2013 - Religion - 244 pages

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.


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learning about food family and friendship during fieldwork
Hymenoplasty and the relationship between doctors and muftis in Egypt
global and local answers to religious questions
the case of Istanbul
Study of Shia Muslim women in Southern California
Gender sexuality and inclusivity in UK mosques
American Muslim artists reach
Islamic teachings political context and
Women studying for the afterlife
Experiencing Islamic education in Indonesia

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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).

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