Reading Group: Lived Islam 4

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Reading Group: Lived Islam

Islamic Studies Network (ISN)

Part of TORCH Critical-Thinking Communities

The event is free and all are welcome! 


Facilitated by Anika Kabani and Alice Catanzaro, this Reading Group explores Islam through the lens of anthropology. Each week will explore a different scholar's work on lived Islam in order to challenge the textualist biases in the field of Islamic studies and help promote a more holistic conception of Islamic religious practice and tradition.


Wednesdays 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Week 2, 25 January 2023: Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2011)

Week 4, 8 February 2023: Samuli Schielke, “Being good in Ramadan: Being good in Ramadan: ambivalence, fragmentation, and the moral self in the lives of young EgyptiansThe Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Vol. 15, Islam, Politics, Anthropology (2009), pp. S24-S40 (17 pages)

Week 6, 22 February 2023: Nadia & Fernando, “What is anthropology’s object of study?”  “Rediscovering the ‘everyday’ Muslim: Notes on an anthropological divide.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(2): 59–88

Week 8,  8 March 2023: Lara Deeb & Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut (2013)


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The Islamic Studies Network (ISN) is part of the TORCH Critical-Thinking Communities