Beyond Islam: Tradition and the Intelligibility of Experience

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Rasanayagam focuses on the varying ways in which Islam is invoked as important to people in Uzbekistan and argues that to explore Islam either as a bounded discursive tradition or an objectified form can be misleading. The study opens the category ‘Muslim’ to ethnographic exploration in terms of people’s everyday life-worlds and pays attention to the ways that Uzbeks bring together a remarkably diverse range of ways of understanding morality, religion and the self. These are recognisable to many as distinctively ‘Islamic’ yet they are also mutually intelligible to varying others – Christians, atheists, the followers of new religions –who recognise shared forms of experience in them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArticulating Islam
Subtitle of host publication Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds
EditorsMagnus Marsden, Kostas Retsikas
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-4267-3
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-4266-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMuslims in Global Sciences


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