Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies

Module L6091

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The module introduces students to anthropological debates concerning Islam and Muslim societies. Focusing on the complex and diverse experiences of being Muslim in different ethnographic contexts, it explores intersections between religious practice - Islamic knowledge, authority, prayer, ritual and piety and political, economic, social and cultural processes. On the basis of ethnographic studies, the module questions whether 'Islam' can be considered as a unified experiential and analytical category, and how anthropologists have participated in the production of Islam as a specific field of study. The module considers actual instances or expressions of religiosity and how these are the ground of everyday contestations and, at times, conflict between different sects and groups.

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of anthropological approaches to Islam and Muslim societies.

To analyse, evaluate and assess main theoretical debates in the fields of the anthropology of Islam and Muslim societies, and to develop knowledge of the history of these debates and how specific theoretical trends have developed over time.

To analyse and compare strengths and weaknesses of anthropological theories developed and deployed to understand Islam and Muslim societies.

To apply theory to empirical contexts, specific themes or topics related to the study of Islam and Muslim societies.

Dissertation (5000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours111111111111

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Prof Magnus Marsden


Dr Alice Wilson

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

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