P123
Religion, tribe and gender: resilience of anthropological paradigms in Islamic places

Convenors:
Francisco Freire (CRIA / NOVA FCSH)
Discussant:
Abdel Wedoud Ould Cheikh (Université Paul Verlaine/Metz)
Location:
Block 1, Piso 1, Room 76
Start time:
18 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

If recent anthropology has assumed a very critical questioning of past methodological approaches, it is also true that some paradigms are resilient to a definitive rule out. We will try to connect new conceptual approaches with the resistance of some elements of anthropological tradition in Islamic contexts.

Long abstract:

If recent research in anthropology has assumed a harshly critical (post-modernist and post-colonial) questioning of past methodological approaches and analytic areas of specialization, it is also true that 'old' anthropological paradigms remain, in many cases, resilient to a definitive rule out. In this panel we will try to discuss the importance and validity of new conceptual approaches, connecting them with the evident resistance of some 'classical' elements of anthropological tradition in Islamic contexts (gender, Islam and tribe). Contributions are expected to explore and debate the permanence of some anthropological paradigms in contemporary Muslim societies, rather than to provide reviews of saturated critiques. Different ethnographic contexts will be presented, validating this discussion over a wide spectrum of Islamic anthropological locations.