Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2017: Anthropology of Islam

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Geoffrey Hughes (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


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 introduced to 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.

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