Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ANT2017: Anthropology of Islam
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
|Available via distance learning|
The module convenor is Dr Geoffrey Hughes.
This module will explore the anthropology of Islam, emphasizing the diversity of the Islamic tradition and how various currents within Islam challenge some of the most cherished assumptions of ‘Western’ social theory. In the first half of the module you will be d to introduce a range of textual, historical, sociological and ethnographic approaches to the study of Islam. In the second half of the module you will be presented with a range of case studies looking at how historical and contemporary Muslim societies have struggled with fundamental questions about the human condition, offering alternative conceptions of kinship, gender, economics, space, locality, secularism, and modernity in the process.