Bergeaud-Blackler, Florence, Fischer, Johan & Lever, John (dir.), Halal Matters. Islam, Politics and Markets in Global Perspective, New York, Routledge, 2015, 204 p.

Bergeaut-BlacklerIn today’s globalized world, halal (meaning ‘permissible’ or ‘lawful’) is about more than food. Politics, power and ethics all play a role in the halal industry in setting new standards for production, trade, consumption and regulation. The question of how modern halal markets are constituted is increasingly important and complex.

Written from a unique interdisciplinary global perspective, this book demonstrates that as the market for halal products and services is expanding and standardizing, it is also fraught with political, social and economic contestation and difference. The discussion is illustrated by rich ethnographic case studies from a range of contexts, and consideration is given to both Muslim majority and minority societies.

Halal Matters will be of interest to students and scholars working across the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, sociology and religious studies.

Florence Bergeaud-Blackler is an anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Institut de recherches et d’étude sur le monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM) in the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France.

Florence Bergeaud-Blackler est docteur en anthropologie, chargée de recherche CNRS à l’Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman à Aix-en-Provence, auteur de nombreux articles et d’ouvrages sur les marchés halal et le consumérisme religieux.

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