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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IB

This course introduces anthropological approaches to the Middle East and Islam, and examines the relationship between different forms of knowledge about the Middle East and the modern political history of the region.  The regional focus will range from the Middle East, to Europe, Africa and South-east Asia. We will consider the academic and political context for the study of Islam and Muslims, and the ways in which the anthropology of Islam has been productive for broader debates in anthropology, about the nature of morality/ethics, the role of the body in religion, and the relationship between religion and economy. Other topics covered include: gender and personhood, sociability, Islamic revivalist movements and fieldwork.