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1. Anthropology

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This chapter deals with significant developments in anthropology, and pays attention to ethnographic production by non-formally trained anthropologists to illuminate ethnography's appeal as a valuable tool for seeing and making cultural interpretations across academic disciplines. Ethnographic fieldwork about women in communities of Muslims creates opportunities to ask new questions, seek new directions, and craft new theories to expand anthropological inquiry on an increasingly vital study of gender and Islam. The chapter discusses the transformation of Morocco's family code, or the Mudawwana, and focuses on how both the Islamist women's movement and liberal feminist movement organize and mobilize on the issue. It discusses the issues of Islamic headscarves, and Muslim minority rights and identities, and explores Middle-class Arab Americans lives, political activism and gender power dynamics in the San Francisco Bay Area. It also reviews the two largest Indonesian Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama.

Keywords: anthropology; Islamic headscarves; Middle-class Arab Americans lives; Mudawwana; Muhammadiyah; Muslim minority rights; Nahdlatul Ulama; women's movement



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