Interpreting Islam

Hastings Donnan
SAGE, 15 févr. 2002 - 196 pages

Islam is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the West. Myths and stereotypes surround it. This clear and penetrating volume helps readers to make sense of Islam. It offers a penetrating guide to the diversity and richness of contemporary knowledge about Islam and Muslim society. Throughout, the emphasis is upon the value of pluralistic approaches to Islam, rather than condensing complexity with unifying concepts such as `Orientalism'.
Interdisciplinary in scope and organization, the book cuts through the bewildering and seemingly anarchic diversity of contemporary knowledge about Islam and Muslim society. The methodological difficulties and advantages of Western researchers focusing on Islam are fully documented. The book demonstrates how gender, age, status and `insider' / `outsider' status impacts upon research and inflects research findings.



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Orientalism or the politics of the text
The quest for a new perspective
Islam in the media
Interpreting Islam in American schools
A critical paradigm
Anthropologists on Islam
The causes of a failure
Silver sounds in the inner citadel?
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À propos de l'auteur (2002)

Hastings Donan is Professor and Head of Anthropological Studies, Queen's University, Belfast

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