The papers in this special issue and the one preceding it have their roots in a panel titled “Ethnography, Misrepresentations of Islam, and Advocacy,” which Timothy Daniels and I organized for the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. We were joined on this panel by Alisa Perkins, Katrina Thompson, Robert Hefner, and Yamil Avivi, where we all grappled with our struggles with the increasingly political nature of our work on Islam. Although we work in a variety of geographic regions, with diverse subjects, we all shared similar concerns regarding the complexity of accurately depicting the Muslim communities we study while challenging the anti-Muslim stereotypes that exist in popular culture and contemporary news media. At the same time, we did not wish to reify popular divisions between “good” and “bad” Muslims or inaccurately depict the lives of our research subjects in order to cater to that popular division.

Guest Editor:

Meryem F. Zaman

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Social Science Department

Borough of Manhattan Community College

City University of New York

Published: 2019-10-01


Review Essay

Book Reviews

Islam and World History

Vernon James Schubel
Abstract 263 | PDF Downloads 0 | DOI

Page 100-103

Modern Things on Trial

Omar Anchassi
Abstract 228 | PDF Downloads 1 | DOI

Page 104-107

Sharī‘a Scripts

Andre Gingrich
Abstract 182 | PDF Downloads 0 | DOI

Page 108-109

Islam without Europe

Bruce B. Lawrence
Abstract 209 | PDF Downloads 1 | DOI

Page 110-112

Faith and Resistance

Shirin Saeidi
Abstract 133 | PDF Downloads 1 | DOI

Page 113-116


Madiha Patel
Abstract 136 | PDF Downloads 0 | DOI

Page 117-119

Radical Love

Pim Valkenberg
Abstract 183 | PDF Downloads 1 | DOI

Page 119-121

Mediating Islam and Modernity

Owais Manzoor Dar
Abstract 246 | PDF Downloads 0 | DOI

Page 128-131


Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial

Meryem F. Zaman
Abstract 186 | PDF Downloads 9 | DOI

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