Prayer in the City

The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life

Edited by Patrick A. Desplat and Dorothea E. Schulz

Transcript-Verlag

Prayer in the City

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Pub Date: June 2012

ISBN: 9783837619454

314 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Prayer in the City

The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life

Edited by Patrick A. Desplat and Dorothea E. Schulz

Transcript-Verlag

This volume envisions social practices surrounding mosques, shrines and public spaces in urban contexts as a window on the diverse ways in which Muslims in different regional and historical settings imagine, experience, and inhabit places and spaces as sacred. Unlike most studies on Muslim communities, this volume focuses on cultural, material and sensuous practices and urban everyday experience. Drawing on a range of analytical perspectives, the contributions examine spatial practices in Muslim societies from an interdisciplinary perspective, an approach which has been widely neglected both in Islamic studies and social sciences.

About the Author

Patrick A. Desplat (Dr.) is lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology in Cologne. He is interested in Muslim religious practices, migration, translocality, urban life and has been doing fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya and currently Madagascar.

Dorothea E. Schulz (PhD) is professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne. Her research interests include Muslim religious practices and everyday life, gender, media and public culture in Mali and Uganda.