socio-anthropology of contemporary Islam

lsoc2060  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

socio-anthropology of contemporary Islam
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Maréchal Brigitte; Remy Lionel (compensates Maréchal Brigitte);
Main themes
Introduce an analysis of Islam as a social and anthropological fact in relation to a comparative sociology of religions and symbolic systems. This analysis will be carried out with particular reference to European Muslim populations.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Gain elements of a basic knowledge of the social anthropology of contemporary Islam with view to developing personal critical reflection.
Epistemological questions involving the study of the Muslim religion by anthropology and sociology. Brief introduction to the history of the Islamic religion, to the central points of its doctrine and institutions. Particular attention is paid to the dynamics of Islam in the last century. The state of research relative to the sociology and anthropology of Islam. The social anthropology of belonging to Islam based, on an analysis of individual and collective identities. The sociology of organizations and leaderships (analysis of these social factors facilitates our enriching a general sociology of organizations). Analysis of discourse and intra-Muslim currents. Processes and presences of the Muslim reality in European institutions and urban spaces: ongoing transactions and competitions (notably concerning headscarves and some rites). Questions relative to the future of European Islam and means of inclusion of Muslim populations in European space. This is a lecture course, accompanied by a dossier of lectures. Video materials will be used. Visits to mosques and associations are organized if the group's size permits it.
Teaching materials
  • Un portefeuille de lectures (disponible sur moodle) et ouvrages de référence (notamment en anglais) mentionnés dès le début d'année
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in History

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Certificat universitaire en sciences des religions

Master [60] in Sociology and Anthropology