socio-anthropology of contemporary Islam

lsoc2060  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

socio-anthropology of contemporary Islam
5 credits
30.0 h
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.

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.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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.
Other information
Evaluation : Oral Examination Support : portfolio of lectures (available at the DUC) and reference works (notably in English)
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [60] in Sociology and Anthropology

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

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