This book shows how ethnography can create a greater understanding of Islam in particular social contexts.
Islam is stereotypically presented as a monolithic civilisation that has stifled the emergence of cultural pluralism and individual freedom.
In contrast, this volume showcases the diversity and plurality of Muslim societies.
The contributors reflect on how the ethnographic method allows the description, representation and analysis of the social and cultural complexity of Muslim societies in the discourse of anthropology.
It shows the benefit of using ethnography as a method to engage with and relate to specific real-world examples.
It includes case studies on rituals and symbols in Syria, Tunisia, Damascus, Algeria, Britain, Pakistan, Brazil and Lebanon.
It covers practices such as veiling, students' religious practices, charitable activities, law and scholarship in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Yemen.