Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Dr Johan Rasanayagam
Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Dr Johan Rasanayagam

Senior Lecturer

About

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Biography

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

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

Teaching Responsibilities

AT1502 Introduction to Anthropology: Questions of Diversity

AT3534 Religion, Power and Belief

AT4517 Morality and Belief in Islam

 

Publications

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  • 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
  • Fragile conviction: changing ideological landscapes in urban Kyrgyzstan, by Mathijs Pelkmans, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2017, xvi + 213 pp., US$89.95 (hbk),ISBN: 978-1-5017-0513-7

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Central Asian Survey, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 491-493
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Mahalla: state and community

    Rasanayagam, M. J.
    Central Asia in Context. Montgomery, D. (ed.). University of Pittsburgh Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • 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. Laruelle, M. (ed.). Lexington Books, pp. 151-168, 18 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Author-critic forum

    Kamp, M., Zanca, R., Shahrani, N., Biard, A., Rasanayagam, J.
    Contributions to Specialist Publications: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • The politics of culture and the space for Islam: Soviet and post-Soviet imaginaries in Uzbekistan

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Central Asian Survey, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-14
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Introduction: Performances, Possibilities, and Practices of the Political in Central Asia

    Rasanayagam, J., Beyer, J., Reeves, M.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Forewords and Postscripts
  • Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia: Performing Politics

    Reeves, M. (ed.), Rasanayagam, J. (ed.), Beyer, J. (ed.)
    Indiana University Press, Indiana. 344 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Beyond Islam: Tradition and the Intelligibility of Experience

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Articulating Islam. Marsden, M., Retsikas, K. (eds.). Springer, pp. 101-118, 18 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language and Action

    Rasanayagam, J.
    Ethnos, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 572-573
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

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