Knowledge, Authority and Change in Islamic societies: Studies in Honor of Dale F. Eickelman

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Co-edited by Nadav Samin, Ph.D. 2013.

Senior scholars of Islamic studies and the anthropology of Islam gather in this volume to pay tribute to one of the giants of the field, Dale F. Eickelman. In diversely arrayed, rigorous and compelling chapters, leading historians, anthropologists, and political scientists elaborate through their own original research on Dale’s unique contributions to the study of the modern Muslim world. Eickelman’s reflections on the diverse intellectual traditions of Muslim societies and the scholars and laypersons who enact them remain defining as a framework for intellectual inquiry into the modern Muslim world and the profound changes that are transpiring within it.

Table of Contents

Preface, Nadav Samin
List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Dale Eickelman on Knowledge, Authority and Change, Allen James Fromherz
PART 1 Knowledge
1 An Anthropologist’s “Day in (Rabbinical) Court” in Late Ottoman Tripoli, Harvey E. Goldberg
2 Islamic Education in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century India, Muhammad Qasim Zaman
3 Interpretive Anthropology and Islam in Morocco: A Comparison between Geertz and Eickelman, Abdelrhani Moundib
4 Out of Sight in Morocco, or How to See the Jinn in the Modern-day Museum, Simon O’Meara
PART 2 Authority
5 Rethinking New Media in the Public Sphere: Beyond the Freedom Paradox. Jon W. Anderson
6 New Moroccan Publics: Prisons, Cemeteries and Human Remains ,Susan Slyomovics
7 Rethinking Knowledge and Power Hierarchy in the Muslim World, el-Sayed el-Aswad
8 Salafism as a Contested Concept, Simeon Evstatiev
PART 3 Change
9 Religiosity, Men of Learning, and Oil Wealth in the Land of the Imamate, Mandana Limbert
10 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Turkish, Jenny White
11 The Radicalization of Islam in Germany, Gilles Kepel
12 Madrasas Promoting Social Harmony? Debates over the Role of Madrasa Education in Pakistan, Muhammad Khalid Masud
 Dale F. Eickelman’s Publications

Series Title
Social, economic and political studies of the Middle East and Asia
Series Volume
Cloth: 9789004439528; ebook: 9789004443341