The papers in this special issue and the one preceding it have their roots in a panel titled "Ethnography, Misrepresentations of Islam, and Advocacy", which Timothy Daniels and I organized for the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. We were joined on this panel by Alisa Perkins, Katrina Thompson, Robert Hefner, and Yamil Avivi, where we all grappled with our struggles with the increasingly political nature of our work on Islam. Although we work in a variety of geographic regions, with diverse subjects, we all shared similar concerns regarding the complexity of accurately depicting the Muslim communities we study while challenging the anti-Muslim stereotypes that exist in popular culture and contemporary news media. At the same time, we did not wish to reify popular divisions between "good" and "bad" Muslims or inaccurately depict the lives of our research subjects in order to cater to that popular division.

Guest Editor:

Meryem F. Zaman

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Social Science Department

Borough of Manhattan Community College

City University of New York

Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial

Meryem F. Zaman
Abstract 203 | PDF Downloads 17 | DOI

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Review Essay

A Question of Presence and Agency

Tammy Gaber
Abstract 339 | PDF Downloads 15 | DOI

Page 89-99

Book Reviews

Islam and World History

Vernon James Schubel
Abstract 336 | PDF Downloads 22 | DOI

Page 100-103

Modern Things on Trial

Omar Anchassi
Abstract 272 | PDF Downloads 17 | DOI

Page 104-107

Sharī‘a Scripts

Andre Gingrich
Abstract 216 | PDF Downloads 17 | DOI

Page 108-109

Islam without Europe

Bruce B. Lawrence
Abstract 266 | PDF Downloads 21 | DOI

Page 110-112

Faith and Resistance

Shirin Saeidi
Abstract 157 | PDF Downloads 11 | DOI

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Madiha Patel
Abstract 182 | PDF Downloads 12 | DOI

Page 117-119

Radical Love

Pim Valkenberg
Abstract 286 | PDF Downloads 21 | DOI

Page 119-121

Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society

Ossama Abdelgawwad
Abstract 240 | PDF Downloads 23 | DOI

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Images of the Prophet Muhammad in English Literature

Tauseef Ahmed Parray
Abstract 287 | PDF Downloads 23 | DOI

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Mediating Islam and Modernity

Owais Manzoor Dar
Abstract 332 | PDF Downloads 29 | DOI

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