Interpreting Islam

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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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Table des matières

Orientalism or the politics of the text
20
The quest for a new perspective
32
Islam in the media
51
Interpreting Islam in American schools
76
A critical paradigm
99
Anthropologists on Islam
110
The causes of a failure
130
Silver sounds in the inner citadel?
167
Index
190
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Hastings Donan is Professor and Head of Anthropological Studies, Queen's University, Belfast

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