The relevance of the tribal idioms in contemporary Muslim societies: political conformation and anthropological revisions

Leading researcher: Francisco Freire
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Tribe | Sahara | Anthropology | Islam | Politics


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/47681/2008
Starting date: 01-05-09

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Abstract

After a long theoretical debate, anthropology seems to have replaced the idea of “tribe” by the concept of “ethnicity”. This project hopes to question the persistent use of tribal idioms and its contemporary articulations. I propose to develop ethnographic research that might enable a reintroduction of the “tribe” as a valid tool in anthropological practice, if currently reconfigured by the presence of concepts such as globalization or, in fact, the new ethnicities that currently produced. My previous experience with Mauritania’s arabophone social contexts should constitute a privileged object of reflection, in a project that however whishes to establish more comprehensive examples across the northwestern African region. How do the present challenges set by the reinforcement of state policies, of globalization (at different levels), or of the renewed debates consecrated within Islamic spheres define the contemporary use of the tribal idioms? Is the “ethnic” reading currently validated by most anthropological literature effective in addressing such problems?

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub114*Maria Cardeira da SilvaSupervisorproj35*The relevance of the tribal idioms in contemporary Muslim societies: political conformation and anthropological revisionsPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub62*Francisco FreireResearch scholarproj35*The relevance of the tribal idioms in contemporary Muslim societies: political conformation and anthropological revisionsPost-doctoral researchConcluded
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Abdel Wedoud Ould CheikhSupervisorproj35*The relevance of the tribal idioms in contemporary Muslim societies: political conformation and anthropological revisions