Course: Lived Islam

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Course title Lived Islam
Course code KBS/ZITI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Křížek Daniel, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to the issue 2. Development anthropology of Islam 3. Islam as an anthropological theme 4. Theoretical and methodological problems 5. Muslims in the West 6. Field research in Muslim environments 7. Islam and community 8. Islam and Identity 9. Islam and gender studies 10. Current status anthropology of Islam 11. Selected case studies 1 12. Selected case studies 2 13. Final discussion

Learning activities and teaching methods
Skills demonstration, Self-study of literature, Lecture, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 50 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 44 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students appreciate that Islam because of its particular lived forms cannot be seen as one. It is more appropriate to speak about Islams and these need to be studied, interpreted, compared and so on. Students know both famous and still less influential anthropological works dealing with Muslims. They are able to evaluate both their assets and also their weak points. They are ready to prepare themselves for hypothetical fieldwork in Muslim communities.
teaching methods
Skills demonstration
Self-study of literature
assessment methods
Oral exam
Skills demonstration during seminar
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Bowie, Fiona. Antropologie náboženství. Vyd. 1. Praha : Portál, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7367-378-9.
  • Clifford James, Marcus George (eds.). Writing Culture: the Poetics and Politics of Etnography. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.
  • Faubion James, Marcus George (eds.). Fieldwork is Not What It Used to Be: Learning Anthropology?s Method in a Time of Transition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
  • Gabriell Marranci . The Anthropology of Islam. London: Berg Publishers, 2008.
  • Geertz, Clifford . Islam observed: religious development in Morocco and Indonesia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971.
  • Gilsenan, Michael . Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East. London: I.B.Tauris, 2010.
  • Henig, David . Islám(y) a transnacionální praxe: antropologická analýza islámských sociálních sítí v České republice. 2007.
  • Hicks, David. Ritual and belief : readings in the anthropology of religion. Boston : McGraw-Hill College, 1999. ISBN 0-07-028817-8.
  • Křížek, Daniel. Taríqa naqšbandíja haqqáníja: duchovní nauka v teorii a praxi. 2010.
  • Osella, Filippo . Islam, politics, anthropology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Rabinow, Paul. Reflections on fieldwork in Morocco. [1st ed.]. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1977. ISBN 0-520-03529-1.
  • Varisco Martin D. Islam Obscured: The Rhetoric of Anthropological Representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Werbner, Pnina . Imagined Diasporas among Manchester Muslims: The Public Performance of Pakistani Transnational Identity Politics. Oxford: James Currey, 2002.
  • Werbner, Pnina. Pilgrims of love : the anthropology of a global Sufi cult. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-253-21528-5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Near Eastern Studies (15-1,2) Social sciences 2 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Near Eastern Studies (15-3) Social sciences 2 Winter