Between Text and Practice: Considerations in the Anthropological Study of Islam

by Ronald A Lukens-Bull

Institution: Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg
Year: 2015
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2068563
Full text PDF: 10.17192/mjr.1999.4.3763;


The anthropological study of Islam is one that has been plagued by problems of definition. What exactly are we studying? Local practices, universal texts and standards of practice, or something else entirely. At the heart of the question is how anthropologists define Islam. This paper1 reviews the major trends in the anthropological study of Islam and then suggests plausible theoretical directions for the future. It touches on issues surrounding Orientalism, the 'Great- and LittleTraditions ' paradigm. It move between theoretical considerations and 'on the ground', lived, examples.