Why has sociology failed to learn and teach about Islam and the lives of Muslims?

I’ve just completed my three-year appointment as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy within its Islamic Studies Network  Working with Prof Malcolm Todd, our task was to promote learning about, and specifically teaching in British universities about Islam and the lives of Muslims, from the perspective of social science.

While we did some good work, I became pretty depressed about the lack of response from my sociology colleagues to this field of learning and teaching.  I wrote a paper for the British Sociological Association’s 2012 conference which summarised the work we did.  The paper offered some explanations for why sociology largely blanks Islam and the lived realities of Muslims’ lives in Britain.

It’s available here

Islam & Muslims – sociology fails

 

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