Sarah Tobin

Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, Boston University

Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2010 – June 2011)


Is it Really Islamic?
Piousness and Religious Life in Amman, Jordan

This study examines the processes and implications of Islamicization on piousness at multiple levels of society for upper-middle class Muslims in their search for religiously-authentic identities in contemporary Amman, Jordan. It argues that life as a Muslim is charged with the contemporary necessity of negotiating “Islamic authenticity” and “the real Islam,” while a plethora of Islamicized, and often globalized, knowledges compete for that relational attachment. This study of knowledge production and consumption speaks to the idea that Muslims in contemporary Amman are relating to their religious traditions in new and innovative ways.