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By Soraya Altorki

ISBN-10: 1118475615

ISBN-13: 9781118475614

A better half to the Anthropology of the center East offers a entire assessment of present developments and destiny instructions in anthropological learn and activism within the sleek heart East.

  • Offers severe views at the theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical targets of anthropology within the center East
  • Analyzes the stipulations of cultural and social transformation within the center jap area and its relatives with different components of the world
  • Features contributions by means of most sensible specialists in numerous heart East anthropological specialties
  • Features in-depth assurance of concerns drawn from faith, the humanities, language, politics, political financial system, the legislations, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization

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Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 2 Chapter 1 Chapter Theory and Thematics in the Anthropology of the Middle East Suad Joseph Part I Locating the Middle East in Anthropology The Middle East played a marginal role in anthropological theory until the late 1970s and early 1980s. Dominated by functionalist, structural functionalist, positivist, and Orientalist approaches, early‐to‐mid‐twentieth‐century Middle East anthropology was read relatively little outside of area specialists, as compared to African, Latin American, or other regional anthropologies.

An Anthropology of Islam Perhaps the most densely populated sites for Middle East anthropology is the study of Islam. At times, the study of the Middle East is conflated with the study of Islam and vice versa. The uncritical assumption that Islam is a “total institution” (Goffman 1961) might be read through the frequent narration of Islam in every possible category of analysis related to the Middle East: gender, family, dress, the body, reproduction, health, masculinity, femininity, piety, agency, the law, the state and politics, the market and economy, education, media, technology, and so forth.

He develops not only an anthropology of religion, both Islam and Christianity, but an anthropology of secularism—and its continuities and discontinuities with religion and modernity. org), especially manifested in the work of his prominent students, Saba Mahmood (2005), Saba Mahmood et al. (2009), and Hussein Agrama (2012). Women and Gender A similarly densely populated site for Middle East anthropological research is women and gender. At times, women and gender research is conflated with Islam, in much the same way as Middle East research is conflated with Islam.

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