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Module 2: Academic Context

Anthropology avoids generalizations about “Islam” or “women,”

for example, and concentrates instead on the details of particular local practices. This is the tradition in which Mahmood works, deliberately leaving open the possibility that both her own and her readers’ perspectives “might also be unmade in the process of engaging another’s worldview, that we might come to learn things that we did not already know before we undertook the engagement.”2