Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues in Postmodernity and Tradition

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1990 - Religion - 564 pages

In a world of multinational commerce, satellite broadcasting, migration, terrorism, and global arms dealing, what is said and how it is said in one society can no longer be isolated from what is said and how it is said in another. Debating Muslims focuses on Iranian culture, Shi'ite Islam, and Iranians in the United States, offering an experiment in postmodern ethnography and an invitation to think in a multifaceted way about Islam in the contemporary world.

 

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Contents

Oral Life Worlds
1
Class Distinctions
31
Secondary School Sexual Purity and Marriage
37
Ideological Crucible
75
Lawrence Kansas
84
Texts Contexts and Pretexts
93
Dialogue and Presence
101
The Graphics of Absence
112
Shifting Ritual Grounds To Houston
251
Autographically Changing Iran Minor Media
335
Bombay Talkies the Word and the World
383
Alternative Traditional Orderings of the Quran
445
The Imams Blasphemystic Ghazal
451
Notes
455
Glossary
505
Bibliography
525

The Politics of Interpretation
122
Dialogue Ethics Politics
147
Bahais of Yazd
222

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About the author (1990)

Michael M. J. Fischer is professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mehdi Abedi is research associate in the Anthropology Department at Rice University, where he teaches and lectures on Islam and Iran.

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