Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2134: Ethnography of the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Abu-Lughod, L. 1986. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. California: University of California Press.

Abu-Lughod, L. 2002. “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others.” American Anthropologist 104 (3): 783-790.

Armbrust, W. 2019. Martyrs and Tricksters: An Ethnography of the Egyptian Revolution. Princeton University Press.

Bayat, A. 1997. “Un-civil Society: The Politics of Informal People.” Third World Quarterly 18(1): 53-72.

Caton, S.C. 1990. Peaks of Yemen I summon: Poetry as Cultural Practice in a North Yemeni Tribe. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Clastres, P. 1989. Society Against the State. Zone Books.

Engelke, M. 2017. Think Like an Anthropologist. Pelican Books.

Graber, D. 2004. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Prickly Pear Press.

Hirschkind, C. 2001. “The Ethics of Listening: Cassette?Sermon Audition in Contemporary Egypt.” American Ethnologist 28(3): 623-649.

Mahmood, S. 2001. “Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival.” Cultural Anthropology 16 (2): 202–36.

Navaro-Yashin, Y. 2002. Faces of the State: Secularism and Public Life in Turkey. Princeton University Press.

Schielke, S. 2010. “Being good in Ramadan: ambivalence, fragmentation and the moral self in the lives of young Egyptians.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society 15: 24-40.

Schielke, S. 2015. Egypt in the Future Tense: Hope, Frustration, and Ambivalence Before and After 2011. Indiana University Press.

Thomassen, B. (2012) “Notes Towards an Anthropology of Political Revolutions.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 2012: 54(3): 679-706 .

Wedeen, L. 1998. “Acting "As If": Symbolic Politics and Social Control in Syria.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 40 (3): 503-523.