Research

 

I specialised initially in Islam in Central and South Asia and the lived experience of Islamizing processes in northern Pakistan. This research resulted in the publication of my first book, Living Islam: Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan's North-West Frontier (Cambridge, 2005).  Thereafter, with the aim of making an original contribution to anthropological conceptualisations of ‘the region’, I explored the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Tajikistan borderland as a setting for complex interactions between Muslims from across Cold War boundaries. One publication to arise from this research was a jointly authored book with Benjamin D. Hopkins of George Washingtton University entititled, Fragments of the Afghan Frontier (Hurst, 2011). Having begun my research on this theme with mobile individuals and families within the region – ranging from traders, former mujahidin fighters, returnee refugees, religious pilgrims, and local development workers, I commenced a project on Afghan trading networks. This involved fieldwork on the skills and values that people attach to trade and working life, as well as the complex relations that traders evince with the goods in which they deal and the communities amongst whom they live. I conducted fieldwork with diasporic Afghan merchants, from a diverse range of social, ethnic and political backgrounds, and who work in a range of settings across the breadth of the former Soviet Union, including the Muslim-majority states of Central Asia, Russia and Ukraine. I have recently finished a book manuscript on this fieldwork, entitled Trading Worlds: Afghan Merchants across Modern Frontiers.  

 Authored Books

Marsden, Magnus, (2015) Trading Worlds: Afghan Merchants acoss Modern Frontiers. Hurst & Co/Oxford University Press: London and New York.

Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, Benjamin (2012) Fragments of the Afghan Frontier.London: Hurst; New York: Columbia.

Marsden, Magnus (2005) Living Islam: Muslim religious experience in Pakistan's North West Frontier.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

Marsden, Magnus and Retsikas, Kostas, eds. (2012) Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds.Dordecht: Springer. (Muslims in Global Societies Series)

Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, Benjamin, eds. (2012) Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier.London: Hurst and Co/Columbia University Press. (Forthcoming)

Marsden, Magnus and Khan, Ali, eds. (2011) Islam and society in Pakistan: anthropological perspectives.Karachi: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

 

Marsden, Magnus (2015) 'Islam and Youth in Northern Afghanistan'. In Soares, B., and M,asquelier, A. (eds.), Muslim Youth: The 9/11 Generation? School of Advanced Research Press: Santa Fe.

Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, B.D. (2013) 'Rethinking Swat: Militancy and Modernity along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier.' In: Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier. Hurst/Columbia University Press. (In Press)

Marsden, Magnus (2013) 'Trade and Traders in Afghanistan.' In: Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, Benjamin, (eds.), Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy Along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier. Hurst/Columbia University Press. (In Press)

Marsden, Magnus and Retsikas, Kostas (2012) 'Introduction: Articulating Islam.' In: Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. Dordecht: Springer. (Muslims in Global Societies Series)

Marsden, Magnus (2012) 'Anthropological Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Pakistan - A Comparisson.' In: Marsden, Magnus and Retsikas, Kostas, (eds.), Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. Springer.

Marsden, Magnus (2012) 'Southwest and Central Asia: Comparisson, Integration or Beyond?' In: Fardon, Richard, (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology. Sage.

Marsden, Magnus (2012) 'Deobandi Islam.' In: Chaterjee, Joya and Washbrook, David, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of South Asian Diaspora. Routledge.

Marsden, Magnus (2012) 'Responding to the Taliban: Comparative Perspectives from Northern Afghanistan and Pakistan.' In: Deol, Jeevan and Kazmi, Zaheer, (eds.), Contextualising Jihadi Thought. Hurst and Co.

Marsden, Magnus (2011) 'Introduction: Anthropology, Islam and Pakistan.' In: Marsden, Magnus and Khan, Ali, (eds.), Islam and Society in Pakistan: Anthropological Perspectives. Karachi: Oxford University Press, xi-xxxiv.

Marsden, Magnus (2010) 'Village cosmopolitans, urban-rural networks and the post-cosmopolitan city in Tajikistan.' In: A Post-Cosmopolitan City? Berghahn Books. (Forthcoming)

Marsden, Magnus (2010) 'Muslim village intellectuals: the life of the mind in northern Pakistan.' In: Mines, Diane and Lamb, Sarah, (eds.), Everyday life in South Asia. Second Edition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 263-275.

Marsden, Magnus (2010) 'Possession in an Islamist Valley: Spirits, Islamists and Love in Northern Pakistan.' In: Ferrari, Fabrizio M., (ed.), Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing. New York: Routledge, pp. 35-47. (Routledge South Asian Religion Series)

Humphrey, C. and Skvirskaya, V. and Marsden, Magnus (2008) 'Cosmopolitanism and the city: interaction and coexistence in Bukhara.' In: Mayaram, S., (ed.), The Other Global City. New York: Routledge.

Articles

Marsden, Magnus and Diana Ibanez Tirado, (2015) 'Repertoires of Family Life and the Anchoring of Afghan Trading Networks in Ukraine' 

Marsden, Magnus (2015) From Kabul to Kiev: Afghan Trade Networks in the former Soviet Union, Journal of Modern Asian Studies

Marsden, Magnus (2012) 'Fatal Embrace: trading in hospitality on the frontiers of South and Central Asia.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18 (s1). pp. 117-130.

Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, Benjamin (2011) 'Ten Years in, Afghan Myths Live On.' New York Times .

Marsden, Magnus (2011) 'Militante Kosmopolitter.' Klassekampen .

Marsden, Magnus (2009) 'Talking the talk: Debating debate in northern Afghanistan.' Anthropology Today, 25 (2). pp. 20-24.

Marsden, Magnus (2009) 'Kosmopolitisme aan de Pakistaanse grens.' Een keuze uit 10 jaar ISIM review = Booklet '10 Years ISIM Review' .

Marsden, Magnus (2009) 'A tour not so grand: mobile Muslims in northern Pakistan.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 15 (1). pp. 57-75. (Forthcoming)

Marsden, Magnus (2008) 'Women, politics and Islamism in northern Pakistan.' Modern Asian Studies, 42 (2/3). pp. 405-429.

Marsden, Magnus (2008) 'Muslim cosmopolitans? Transnational Life in northern Pakistan.' Journal of Asian Studies, 67 (1). pp. 213-248.

Marsden, Magnus (2008) 'Lords of a Dubai Labour Camp: Pakistani migrants in the Gulf.' International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (49). pp. 5-6.

Marsden, Magnus (2007) 'All-Male Sonic Gatherings, Islamic Reform, and Masculinity in Northern Pakistan.' American Ethnologist, 34 (3). pp. 473-490.

Marsden, Magnus (2007) 'Actually existing cosmopolitanism on Pakistan’s Afghan Frontier.' Review of the Institute of the Modern Muslim World .

Marsden, Magnus (2007) 'Love and elopement in northern Pakistan.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13 (1). pp. 91-108.

Marsden, Magnus (2007) 'Islam, emotion and authority in northern Pakistan.' Contributions to Indian Sociology, 41 (1). pp. 41-80.

Marsden, Magnus (2007) 'Music, masculinity, Islam: ‘illicit pleasure’ and ‘Islamic reform’ in Northern Pakistan.' American Ethnologist, 34 (3). pp. 473-490.

Marsden, Magnus (2005) 'Muslim village intellectuals: the life of the mind in northern Pakistan.' Anthropology Today, 21 (1). pp. 10-15.

Marsden, Magnus (2005) 'Mullahs, Migrants and Murids: New Developments in the Study of Pakistan A Review Article.' Modern Asian Studies, 39 (4). pp. 987-1010.

Marsden, Magnus (2002) 'Mahfils and musicians: new Muslims in Chitral Town, northern Pakistan.' Centre of South Asian Studies Occasional Paper . pp. 1-46.

Monographs

Marsden, Magnus (2011) Mobile Life in Crossroads Asia.

Marsden, Magnus (2010) Opportunities and constraints in Central and South Asian trade flows: perspectives from Afghan traders in Tajikistan.Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Book Reviews

Marsden, Magnus (2009) 'Review of 'In Amma's Healing Room: gender and vernacular Islam in South India' by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 15 (1). pp. 212-213.

Marsden, Magnus (2009) '"Review of Zenana: Everyday Peace in a Karachi Apartment Building' by Laura A. Ring.' Modern Asian Studies .

Marsden, Magnus (2009) 'Review of 'Islam and the prayer economy. History and authority in a Malian town' by Benjamin Soares.' Social Anthropology, 17 (4). pp. 508-510.

Marsden, Magnus (2008) 'Book review of Reid, Anthony & Michael Gilsenan eds., 'Islamic Legitimacy in a Plural Asia'.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (4). pp. 928-929.