Although the rest of the readings will be available on iLearn, this course has a text book which, for copyright reasons, cannot be added to iLearn. The text book is:
Author: Gabriele Marranci
Title: The Anthropology of Islam
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN 1845202856 (paperback).
It is highly suggested to buy the book, which should be available at our university book shop (the is also a Kindle version and it is not difficult to find second hand copies).
The lecture will provide a general overview of the course and an introduction to studying Muslims and Islam. The lecture follows Chapter 1 of the text book.
Chapter 1 of The Anthropology of Islam
Lukens-Bull, Ronald A. "Between Text and Practice: Considerations in the Anthropological Study of Islam." Marburg Journal of Religion 4.2 (1999): 1-21.
Islam: Beliefs, History and Rituals
This lecture provides a short overview of the basic elements of Islam, including its history and rituals
Chapter 2 of the Anthropology of Islam
Hughes, A. W. (2014). Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction. Routledge.- Chapter 2
From Studying Islam to Studying Muslims
The lecture will focus on the differences between the study of Islam as a religion and the study of Islam from an anthropological perspective. In particular, we will discuss the different approaches to the study of Muslims and their religion that have been developed in the last 40 years and the challenges faced by an anthropology of Islam.
Chapter 3 - The anthropology of Islam
Varisco, D. M. (2005). Islam obscured: The rhetoric of anthropological representation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Ch 1, pp 1-20.
Studying Muslims in the West: before and after September 11
The lecture will focus on Muslims in the west, the impact of migration and the challenges an anthropologist may encounter in studying Islam and Muslims in the West, including in Australia.
Chapter 4 - The Anthropology of Islam
Stephenson, P. (2011). Indigenous Australia's Pilgrimage to Islam. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32(3), 261-277.
From the Exotic to the Familiar: Anamneses of Fieldwork among Muslims
This lecture will focus on how anthropology studies Muslim communities and looks at different experiences of fieldwork, including the challenges that anthropologists may face.
Chapter 5 - The Anthropology of Islam
D'Alisera, J. (1999). Field of Dreams: The Anthropologist Far Away at Home. Anthropology and Humanism, 24(1), 5-19.
Beyond the Stereotype: Challenges in Understanding Muslim Identities
This lecture discusses the relevance of understanding Muslim identities by avoiding stereotypes. It will focus on anthropological theories of identity and also how we can avoid the mistake of considering Islam to be monolithic.
Chapter 6 - The Anthropology of Islam
Peek, L. (2005). Becoming Muslim: The development of a religious identity. Sociology of Religion, 66(3), 215-242.
The Ummah Paradox
This lecture explores the meaning of ummah (the Muslim community as a religious unity) and the problematic aspects related to its study, including the actual complexity of the concept itself.
Chapter 7 - The Anthropology of Islam
Van Nieuwenhuijze, C. A. O. (1959). The Ummah: An Analytic Approach. Studia Islamica, (10), 5-22.
Dynamics of Gender in Islam
This lecture explores the complexity of gender and sexuality within the Muslim community and in particular the scholarly debate within the anthropological study of Muslims.
Chapter 8 - The anthropology of Islam
Guest Lecture by Dr G. Scott on Muslims women in the work market
Compulsory Readings TBA
Discussing Islamic fundamentalism
This lecture will discuss the debate about Islamic fundamentalism and how we can understand the phenomenon from an anthropological perspective. In particular, the lecture debates whether the concept of fundamentalism as an analytical term is useful of not.
Marranci, G. (2009). 'Fundamentalism Debated' in G. Marranci Understanding Muslim identity: rethinking fundamentalism, New York, London, Palgrve, pp. 26-50.
Emerson, M. O., & Hartman, D. (2006). The rise of religious fundamentalism. Annual Review of Sociology, 127-144.
Youth, Identity and redicalizaion: an Anthropological Study and Interpretation
This lecture discuss why some young people may radicalise as far as religious identities is concerned. It is based on my research and aims to help students to see how anthropologist may approach the discussion and the methodology of study radicalisation in a different way
G. Marranci Wars of Terror, London and New York, Bloomsbury - Chapter 6
Week 12 (No tutorial for this week)
In this lecture we will summarize the main points we have covered during the course and try to see where this journey in the study of Muslims from an anthropological viewpoint has brought us.
Chapter 9 - The Anthropology of Islam
Week 13 (revision week: no Lecture or Tutorial)