Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Dr Johan Rasanayagam
Dr Johan Rasanayagam
Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Senior Lecturer

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Room G18 Edward Wright Building University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3QY

School of Social Science


Johan Rasanayagam joined the department in 2005. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Central Asia on themes of Islam, citizenship, and moral selfhood. More recently, he has conducted research on Islam, illness and healing in Morocco. His current research focuses on developing an engagement between anthropology and Islamic traditions of thought. 

Latest Publications

  • Mahalla: state and community

    Rasanayagam, M. J.
    Central Asia: Contexts for Understanding. Montgomery, D. (ed.). University of Pittsburgh Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Dialogues: anthropology and theology

    Havea, J., Tomlinson, M., Al-Azem, T., Rasanayagam, J., Venerable Juewei, , Mair, J., Kifon Bongmba, E., Haynes, N., Lamb, R., Sivakumar, D., Furani, K., Moosa, E.
    Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 297-347
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • Anthropology in conversation with an Islamic tradition: Emmanuel Levinas and the practice of critique

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 90-106
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Book reviews: Fragile conviction: changing ideological landscapes in urban Kyrgyzstan

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Central Asian Survey, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 491-493
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Counter-extremism, secularism and the category of religion in the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan: should we be studying Islam at all?

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Constructing the Uzbek State: Narratives of Post-Soviet Years. Laruelle, M. (ed.). Lexington Books, pp. 151-168, 18 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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Research Overview

Uzbekistan and Central Asia, postsocialist societies, Morocco, the anthropology of Islam, morality and subjectivity, healing practices and spirit possession, religion and the secular, politics and the state.



Teaching Responsibilities

AT1502 Introduction to Anthropology: Questions of Diversity

AT3027 Anthropological Theory

AT3534 Religion, Power and Belief


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