Finding the Object of Study: Islamic Studies in Practice

Authors

  • Jonas Otterbeck Aga Khan University, London

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ijor.v2i1.1474

Keywords:

theory, methodology, research, power, Islamic studies

Abstract

This article argues that, to understand where to find the study object ‘Islam’ and how to address it, researchers in Islamic studies need to be theoretically and methodologically aware of the importance and implications of power practices. By discussing enunciations associated with Islam, the problems with reification, the importance of power, the cognitive power of naming, and the semiotic resources mobilised by enunciations, the article proposes ways to operationalise grand scale theories by Talal Asad and Michel Foucault, with an especial focus on the understanding of semiotic resources. It also provides an account of the personal journey of the author while trying to relate constructively to the field for the last 30 years.

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Published

2021-05-20

How to Cite

Otterbeck, J. (2021). Finding the Object of Study: Islamic Studies in Practice. International Journal of Religion: Politics, Sociology, Culture, 2(1), 47–60. https://doi.org/10.33182/ijor.v2i1.1474

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Special Section: Conducting Research on Muslims