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Author Jassal, Smita Tewari, author

Title Islamic conversation : sohbet and ethics in contemporary Turkey / Smita Tewari Jassal
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (x, 161 pages)
Series Routledge Islamic studies series ; 32
Routledge Islamic studies
Contents Introduction : Art of Ethical Conversation in Turkey -- Reading the Risale-Nur in a women's sohbet -- The "Modernity" of Zakat in Turkey -- Healing the Social Body : Sohbet with Ankara's Alevi Saint -- Art of Dreaming : At the Tombs of Saints -- Discourse in the Dorms -- On Places of Worship and Role of Diyanet
Summary "The book evaluates on-going ethical conversations to learn how emotional communication is received, teachings internalized, and a religious world-view brought to life. Exploring how religious values saturate people's consciousness to induce subtle shifts in moral and ethical sensibilities, this book is about people's practices that illuminate how Islam is lived. Based on fieldwork conducted in Ankara between 2010-2016, the study enquires into people's ethical, religious, and moral motivations, through the use of the ethnographic method and "thick description". Conversations and interviews with officials, community leaders, students, entrepreneurs, professionals, and blue-collar workers, were subjected to close scrutiny to foreground societal change and churning. To capture perspectives absent or deliberately overlooked in mainstream public discourse and scholarship, fieldwork was conducted in locations ranging from homes, offices, university dorms, and the shrines of saints. In listening closely to how people talk about their religious practices, the book addresses the question of how Islamic subjectivities are being forged in Turkey. The study unveils how people are pushed to re-think old practices and attitudes in the process of reinterpreting Islam in the light of contemporary concerns. Filling a gap in the literature where micro-level, grounded analyses of culture and society are relatively rare, the book is a key resource for readers interested in anthropology of religion and gender, ethnography, Turkey and the Middle East"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Smita Tewari Jassal has just completed a tenure as Professor of Sociology in Ambedkar University, Delhi where she taught gender, theories and methods in social anthropology, culture, and courses on India. From September 2019, she will resume teaching in the Sociology Department at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Her research interests include marginality, gender, religion, rural transformations, caste, collective memory, and cultural production. She has authored Unearthing Gender: Folksongs of North India (2012) and Daughters of the Earth: Women and Land in Uttar Pradesh (2001), and co-edited New Perspectives on India and Turkey: Connections and Debates (2017) and The Partition Motif in Contemporary Conflicts (2006)
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Subject Islam -- Turkey -- Ankara
Islamic ethics -- Turkey -- Ankara
Muslim women -- Religious life -- Turkey -- Ankara
Islamic ethics.
Muslim women -- Religious life.
RELIGION / Islam / Rituals & Practice
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
Ankara (Turkey) -- Religious life and customs
Turkey -- Ankara.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019031591
ISBN 0429422857