Anthropology of Islam 2012



David W. Montgomery, PhD, Anthropology

Course Description: Islam has had a profound influence on a broad array of nations, ethnic groups and local expressions of culture. It has played a role in shaping societies, politics, economics, and law. Taking a broad, anthropological perspective on the study of religion, this course examines the many different ways in which culture and society have been influenced by Islam in different parts of the world. The objective of this course is to move beyond simplistic stereotypes in order to appreciate the lived complexities of Islam and the utility of anthropology for understanding Islam.