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Living Islam
By Magnus Marsden

Living Islam

Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan's North-West Frontier

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Living Islam by Magnus Marsden

Book Awards

  • Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2008.

Book Description

Popular representations of Pakistan's North West Frontier have long featured simplistic images of tribal blood feuds, fanatical religion, and the seclusion of women. The rise to power of the radical Taliban regime in neighbouring Afghanistan enhanced the region's reputation as a place of anti-Western militancy. Magnus Marsden is an anthropologist who has immersed himself in the lives of the Frontier's villagers for more than ten years. His evocative study of the Chitral region challenges all these stereotypes. Through an exploration of the everyday experiences of both men and women, he shows that the life of a good Muslim in Chitral is above all a mindful life, enhanced by the creative force of poetry, dancing and critical debate. Challenging much that has been assumed about the Muslim world, this 2005 study makes a powerful contribution to the understanding of religion and politics both within and beyond the Muslim societies of southern Asia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521617659
ISBN-10: 0521617650
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 314
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Magnus Marsden

Magnus Marsden is Lecturer on the anthropology of Islam, as well as on religion and politics in Pakistan, at the University of Cambridge.

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