Ian Simpson – University of Copenhagen

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Ian Simpson

I am a PhD candidate at Stanford University and an affiliated researcher with the Materiality in Islam Research Initiative. The aim of my doctoral research project is to examine the relationship between market and religion. In collaboration with the Islamic Jarash Project, I am employing anthropological perspectives to investigate the question of religion in its association with market and exchange processes. I am concerned with how material culture and commercial practices shape religion at the same time as religious groups appropriate market economy, and how religious groups interact with and define themselves in relation to other religious groups through the market. The project focuses on the archaeology of early Muslim urban communities in the making and examines material culture in three areas of activity – commerce, household and industry. I am also concerned with the use of methods in archaeology and ethnography to study the global as process and condition. A further research interest is the anthropology of labour, capital and rights in relation to heritage practices.