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Modern Muslim Societies: Anthropology of Migration

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This discipline builds on previous courses on the development of Islamic thought and contemporary issues of Oriental studies (Islamic studies) and introduces new aspects of anthropology and sociology of Islam. It is at the junction of the anthropology of migration and the anthropology of Islam. The modern Muslim world is no longer limited to the Middle East, Maghreb, Pakistan, Central Asia, Indonesia and some other regions traditionally associated with Islamic culture. Muslim communities are found throughout the world, and in some Western countries constitute a significant portion of the population. A significant part of research on the anthropology of Islam is currently occupied by works devoted to Muslims in the West. There are several mainstream academic approaches that shape many modern studies of the anthropology of Islam in the West and are relevant for Russia as well. First, it is a rejection of generalization, the recognition of the Muslim space as religiously, socially and culturally heterogeneous, a shift in the scope of research towards the study and analysis of certain practices of individuals. Secondly, it is focusing on the personal experience of informants, their religious introspection and their own interpretations of Muslim and regional traditions and the relationship between the former and the latter. Migration, primarily from the countries of Central Asia, defines the modern Muslim space in Russia. This course focuses on the identity of Muslim migrants in Russia, in particular in Moscow, their religious beliefs and practices. The goals of mastering the discipline are to get an idea of how migration forms the modern Muslim space of Russia, what problems Muslim migrants face, what Muslim infrastructure appears in such migration magnets for the entire post-Soviet world as Moscow and Western Siberia.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This discipline will allow students to master anthropological methodology and anthropological tools for the study of Muslim societies. This course will introduce students to contemporary English-language literature on the anthropology of Islam, the anthropology of religion, and the anthropology of migration.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are required to know history of different waves and mobility in Russian Empire, Soviet Union
  • Students must know basic theories of anthropology of migration, history of the discipline.
  • Students must prove their knowledge of basic anthropological theories and notions.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What does social anthropology study?
  • Anthropology of migration.
  • History of migration processes in Russia.
  • Contemporary migration in Russia
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Islam in the city
  • Anthropology of Sufism
  • Religious Authority
  • The Dynamics of Gender in Islam
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking домашние задания
  • non-blocking домашние задания
  • non-blocking Attendance, participation
  • non-blocking One class presentation (format to be determined),
  • non-blocking One review paper
  • non-blocking One take home final essay exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.25 * Attendance, participation + 0.45 * One class presentation (format to be determined), + 0.15 * домашние задания + 0.15 * домашние задания
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A companion to cognitive anthropology, , 2011
  • Understanding Muslim identity : rethinking fundamentalism, Marranci, G., 2009

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A new anthropology of Islam, Bowen, J. R., 2012