As an anthropologist of religion, it’s hard for Dr. Jacqueline Fewkes to pin down her research focus to just one element of life. Rather, her expertise in anthropology allows her to see how religion is lived and practiced, how material goods transform us as much as we transform them, and how spaces reflect our lives while helping to craft them.
Tying these elements together, Dr. Fewkes latest project is a focus on the sometimes surprising, always interesting history and architecture of mosques in America.
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Professional and/or personal webpages:
Dr. Fewkes’ professional page: https://fau.academia.edu/JacquelineFewkes
The American Mosques Project Blog: http://americanmosques.tumblr.com/
Other works and projects by Dr. Fewkes:
Dr. Fewkes’ latest book can be found at the following two links:
- Locating Maldivian Women’s Mosques in Global Discourses by Jacqueline Fewkes (Amazon)
Trade and Contemporary Society along the Silk Road: An ethno-history of Ladakh by Jacqueline Fewkes
Dr. Fewkes’ work with Dr. Megan Adamson Sijapati on Muslims in the Himalayas: https://digitalcommons.
More information about mosques and Islam in America:
God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia by Cornelia Walker Bailey
More information on Sapelo Island, Georgia: http://www.sapeloislandga.org/
Documenting the American South Project, “Omar ibn Said, African Muslim Enslaved in the Carolinas”: http://docsouth.unc.edu/highlights/omarsaid.html
Other anthropology sources mentioned in our conversation:
The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective by Arjun Appadurai
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney Mintz
Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam by Talal Asad (specifically mentioned was Chapter 8: The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category)
The Clifford Geertz quote mentioned by Dr. Fewkes, “Nobody lives in the world in general”, is from the afterword of Senses of Place by S. Feld and K. Basso.