Research in the Islamic context : political and methodological reflections from South Asia, Indian Ocean and the Arab world / M.H. Ilias.

  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023.
  • ©2023
xiii, 239 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm.


Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy [More in this series]
Summary note
"This book explores some of the political and methodological directions that collectively lead to the repositioning of Islam in social science research as both an epistemic/ontological category and as a method. Chapters by experts in the field explore research in the Islamic context vis-à-vis these two distinct yet somehow interrelated frames. The question being raised here is how Islam as socio-religious notion is related to Islam as a theoretical/methodological framework. Taking cues from the experience of contributors, this book also examines the question if current methodologies or frames of references are pluralized enough to accommodate the question of Muslims or could the scholars themselves create alternative directions around the dominant spaces. The book offers ethnographic studies of Muslim communities mostly in minority settings and engages with a number of issues researchers encounter when dealing with the lived or everyday Islam. This book is essential reading for anyone engaged in the study of Muslims in the contemporary world. It will appeal to scholars of religious studies, studies of Islam in the West, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, human geography and research methods"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Introduction: Don't We Really Need New Butterfly Nets?
  • 2. Researching 'Muslim Worlds': Regions and Disciplines
  • . Postcolonialism, Islam and Area Studies
  • 4. Second Thoughts About the Anthropology of Islam, or How to Make Sense of Grand Schemes in Everyday Life
  • 5. Doing Ethnography in a Muslim context: Some Reflections
  • 6. Conceptualising 'Thinking Class' in Islam: The Case of Popular
  • 7. Researching India's Muslims: Identities, Methods, Politics
  • 8. Accommodating Fieldwork to Irreconcilable Equations of Citizenship, Authoritarianism, Poverty and Fear in Egypt
  • 9. Thoughts from the field: methodological considerations in the study of Islam at Jamia Millia Islamia
  • 10. Ummah, Qaum and Watan: Elite and Ordinary Constructions of Nationhood among Muslims of contemporary India
  • 11. Home-making at the Field: Rethinking the Categories of Ethnographic Practices
  • 12. Muslim Women in Personal Law Discourse: Feminist Politics, Islam and Hindu Nationalism in India
  • 13. Islamic Hermeneutics in South Asia: The Intellectual Tradition of Vakkom Moulavi
  • 14. Maritime Peripheries and Universal Connections: Reflections on Studying Islam in the Indian Ocean
  • 15. Purogamana Asayakkār : Progressive as a Social Category Among Muslims in Kerala
  • Index.
  • 9781032156019 (hardcover)
  • 1032156015 (hardcover)
  • 9781032156033 (paperback)
  • 1032156031 (paperback)
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