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L’islam "autentico" nella storia: ideologie "ortodosse", islam politico e antropologia religiosa
Journal Title: SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA) 
Author/s:  Alessandra Persichetti 
Year:  2019 Issue: 65 Language: Italian 
Pages:  22 Pg. 101-122 FullText PDF:  180 KB
DOI:  10.3280/LAS2019-065007
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In classical books in anthropology of islam the categories of «great and little traditions» set up a dichotomy between an orthodox, official, scripturalist, puritanical, urban islam and an heterodox, popular, oral, saint-worshiping, ritualistic, tribal Islam. This essen¬tializing theory, criticized in Islamic studies, lasted for a long time in anthropology for mul¬tiple reasons: failed dialogue with religious (and islamic) studies, ethnocentrism, political circumstances. The ‘invention’ of an ‘authentic orthodox islam’ seems to be a recurrent pat-tern in history, functional to serve ideologies and interests of different subjects: islamic do-minant élites, colonizers, islamists (moderate and radicals) and, finally, scholars apologists of islam after 11/9.
Keywords: Anthropology of islam, islamic studies, religious studies, orthodoxy, sufism.

Alessandra Persichetti, in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 65/2019, pp. 101-122, DOI:10.3280/LAS2019-065007

   

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