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Open Access "Maulana Says the Prophet is human, not God". Milads and Hierarchies Among Bengali Muslims in Lisbon « Maulana dit que le Prophète est humain, pas Dieu ». Milads et hiérarchies parmi les Bengalis musulmans de Lisbonne «Maulana diz que o Profeta é humano, não Deus ». Milads e as hierarquias entre os Bengalis muçulmanos de Lisboa

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"Maulana Says the Prophet is human, not God". Milads and Hierarchies Among Bengali Muslims in Lisbon « Maulana dit que le Prophète est humain, pas Dieu ». Milads et hiérarchies parmi les Bengalis musulmans de Lisbonne «Maulana diz que o Profeta é humano, não Deus ». Milads e as hierarquias entre os Bengalis muçulmanos de Lisboa

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This article is based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out among Bengali Muslims in Lisbon. It specifically examines a ceremony, called milad that is performed on certain occasions such as the opening of a shop or the inauguration of a house. What it is intended to argue is that milads are a good metaphor to understand current debates among the Bengalis about what Islam "should be" and what, as a Muslim, one should do. Based on this ethnographic exercise, it is argued that the modernization rhetoric on social change and transformations in religious practices and religiosity, that is currently prominent in migration and religion studies should be substituted by a phenomenology of Islam in the context of migration. Cet article repose sur un travail de terrain ethnographique auprès de musulmans bengalis de Lisbonne, notamment sur une cérémonie appelée milad, célébrée en certaines occasions telles l'ouverture d'une boutique ou l'inauguration d'une maison. Ces milads peuvent être vus comme une métaphore permettant de comprendre les débats actuels concernant la vision de l'islam des Bengalis et ce que, en tant que musulman, chacun devrait faire. À partir de cette étude de cas, on propose de remplacer la rhétorique habituelle de la modernisation sur le changement social et les transformations des pratiques religieuses et de la religiosité, actuellement dominante dans les recherches sur les migrations et les études religieuses, par une phénoménologie de l'islam en contextes migratoires. Este artigo baseia-se num trabalho etnográfico realizado junto dos muçulmanos Bengalis em Lisboa, mais concretamente, sobre uma cerimónia designada pelo termo milad que é realizada em ocasiões como a abertura de uma loja ou a inauguração de uma casa. O que se pretende argumentar é que estes milads são « bons para pensar » sobre os actuais debates em torno daquilo que os Bengalis pensam ser o Islão e aquilo que, enquanto muçulmanos, pensam ser o comportamento«correcto». Este exercício etnográfico leva a propor uma fenomenologia do Islão em contextos migratórios em contraposição às retóricas da modernização em torno das mudanças sociais e transformações nas práticas religiosas e na religiosidade que têm sido comuns nas pesquisas sobre migrações e estudos religiosos.

Affiliations: 1: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences

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2007-06-01
2017-06-29

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