Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Dr Johan Rasanayagam
Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Senior Lecturer


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


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. 


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

AT4517 Morality and Belief in Islam



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