In 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.

chapter 1|18 pages


ByFlorence Bergeaud-Blackler, Johan Fischer, Johan Lever

chapter 2|19 pages

Re-Imagining Malaysia: A Postliberal Halal Strategy?

ByJohn Lever

chapter 4|17 pages

Remembering the Spirit of Halal: an Iranian Perspective

ByMaryam Attar, Khalil Lohi, John Lever

chapter 6|14 pages

Islamizing Food: The Encounter of Market and Diasporic Dynamics

ByFlorence Bergeaud-Blackler

chapter 7|22 pages

The Halal Certification Market in Europe and the World: A First Panorama

ByFlorence Bergeaud-Blackler

chapter 8|16 pages

Green Halal: How Does Halal Production Face Animal Suffering?

ByManon Istasse

chapter 9|17 pages

Halal, Diaspora and the Secular in London

ByJohan Fischer

chapter 10|15 pages

Muslim Food Consumption In China: Between Qingzhen and Halal 1

ByYukari Sai, Johan Fischer

chapter 11|17 pages

Halal Training in Singapore

ByJohan Fischer

chapter 12|6 pages

Who Owns Halal? Five International Initiatives of Halal Food Regulations

ByFlorence Bergeaud-Blackler