Moral projects: social imaginaries of religious revival and civic engagement among the Ismaili community of Mumbai (completed)

David Strohl

In this book project, David Strohl examines how Ismailis have worked to become pious Muslims and good citizens through ethical self-fashioning and, crucially, efforts to create moral order. He analyzes how collective endeavors like policing social boundaries, enacting religious reform, and encouraging civic engagement mold individuals into ethical subjects just as they seek to establish moral communities like the Ismaili jamat, the Muslim ummah, and Indian civil society. Although anthropologists have recently been inclined towards individualistic theories of ethics, Moral Projects spotlights the importance of communitarian thought for understanding people’s moral lives.


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