In the past ten years there has been a shift in the field of anthropology towards working with and studying organisations. Anthropologists Inside Organisations addresses this need by bringing together seven diverse case studies based in/on South Asian countries, analysing how anthropologists have negotiated issues that arise from interacting with organisations. The book emphasises methodology and fresh empirical research. It also provides rich and detailed examples of how different researchers have managed to work within constraints imposed by organizations.
Chapter 8: Ethnographic Research in a Muslim School
Ethnographic Research in a Muslim School
This chapter presents an account of conducting ethnographic research in a Muslim school in the south of England. The school provides Islamic education as well as British National Curriculum education to Muslim children, primarily of South Asian origin. The chapter has three main parts. The first part analyses the context within which this research was formulated and the specific aims of conducting the research. The second part presents the methodology that I adopted to address my research questions and the various roles I performed while doing fieldwork in the school. The third part presents my reflections on the fieldwork experience. It elaborates on how my religious and ethnic identity helped me gain access to ...