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The historical trajectory of the anthropological literature on Muslim societies reflects key developments within the discipline of anthropology since its inception. We find, therefore, that not unlike ethnographies produced on other parts of the world, early anthropological work on Muslim societies tended to largely ignor…

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Mahmood, Saba, “Anthropology”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 17 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2009

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