Society for the Anthropology of Europe

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We are a section of the American Anthropological Association that works to promote the anthropological study of European societies and cultures and encourages connections between scholars working in Europe.

"How can A New Anthropology of Islam inform our understanding of the present events in much of the Islamic world, especially in North Africa and the Middle East?

I argue that people interpret and draw on the Islamic tradition in diverse ways, including regarding the shape of society and the state. The category of ‘Islamist’ unduly flattens this diversity: Muslims have put into practice many different ways of Islamizing a society. Too many current commentators interpret the recent developments in Tunisia or Egypt as the rejection of Islamism, rather than as a dialectic of different formulations of religion and democracy, which will take some time to lead to stable patterns of combination.”