Power, Resistance, and the Cult of Muslim Saints in a Northern Egyptian Town
On the whole, the study of Muslim institutions has contributed little to anthropological theory, and there is presently substantial controversy about what the relationship between anthropological knowledge and Islam should be (Abu-Lughod 1989:294-298; Eickelman 1989:257- 262). The debate is beyond the scope of this article. However, a practice theory approach may offer a middle-of-the-road position that, on the one hand, grants Muslim actors their "voice" (or better, "voices") and, on the other, permits empirical generalization and theory building
American Ethnologist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (May, 1995), pp. 306-323.