Professor Basit Iqbal explores methodological debates in anthropology that have centered on the varying role of texts. The conversation turns to the difference between an anthropology of Muslims and an anthropology of Islam; the vexed disciplinary relationship between theology and anthropology; and the capacity of textually-grounded concepts to offer unexpected perspectives. He recounts how the role of texts in his own ethnographic project shifted and also impasses he now faces in the writing of violence.
Host: Joud Alkorani
Recorded: Dec 25, 2020