Religion and the City

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This chapter provides an introduction to some of the conceptual issues raised by the study of religion and the city. It identifies four broad meta-questions that frame this interdisciplinary field of study: the nature of the relationship between religion and the city, the challenges of reconciling the plurality of religious experience and the need for a general definition, the question of a single urban process, and the ongoing importance of the “region” as an analytical lens. The chapter argues that greater attention to these meta-questions would provide one strategy for expanding conversations and collaborations across multiple disciplinary and methodological approaches.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East
EditorsArmando Salvatore, Sari Hanafi, Kieko Obuse
PublisherOxford University Press
StatePublished - 2021


  • area studies
  • Islamic city
  • urban geography
  • materiality
  • material religion


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