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Geographical contributions to understanding contemporary Islam: current trends and future directions

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Hopkins



In recent years, geographers have been giving increasing attention to religion - and Islam in particular - yet such work is rarely referred to within the broader social science literature about Islam and Muslims. This paper seeks to promote interdisciplinary dialogue, discussion and debate by highlighting the contributions that human geographers are making to understandings of contemporary Islam. In particular, I draw upon research within urban, social, cultural and feminist geographies to review current trends within geographical scholarship about Muslim individuals and communities. I then use this paper to suggest ways in which interdisciplinary research - in collaboration with human geographers - might seek to advance contemporary understandings of the social and spatial experiences of Muslim families and communities. I propose that a focus upon households, nations and intersections offer potential avenues for future research, whilst also highlighting the importance of thinking critically about the methodological issues involved in understanding contemporary Islam.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hopkins P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Contemporary Islam

Year: 2009

Volume: 3

Issue: 3

Pages: 213-227

Print publication date: 01/10/2009

Date deposited: 04/02/2010

ISSN (print): 1872-0218

ISSN (electronic): 1872-0226

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s11562-009-0095-x


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