A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East by Soraya Altorki

By Soraya Altorki

A significant other to the Anthropology of the center East provides a complete assessment of present developments and destiny instructions in anthropological study and activism within the glossy center East.

  • Offers serious views at the theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical targets of anthropology within the heart East
  • Analyzes the stipulations of cultural and social transformation within the heart japanese area and its kinfolk with different parts of the world
  • Features contributions via most sensible specialists in a number of center East anthropological specialties
  • Features in-depth assurance of concerns drawn from faith, the humanities, language, politics, political economic system, the legislations, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization

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Moving away from Clifford Geertz’s (1966, 1971) symbolic anthropology approach to religion (which held sway in the 1960s and 1970s), Asad (1986, 1993, 2003, 2007) focuses on questions of power, religious practices, ­discipline, embodiment, and traditions. His research made possible an anthropology of Islam to be seen as a coherent tradition, while not essentializing Islam or making it “foreign” to the West. Analyzing the genealogy of Western ­scholarship on religion, he critiques liberalist universalizing frames, while documenting continuities and discontinuities in religious practices often overlooked by ­modernity theorists.

Does it come down to a question of methodology (assuming there is some agreement about the methods that characterize the field)? Or does it come down to remaining anchored in recognizable canons of the discipline (although these are also shifting, as Altorki reminds us in her comprehensive discussion of the important questions of structure and agency in Chapter 3)? I would like to suggest that, despite their diversity, the contributors to this volume are engaged in an ongoing conversation about how to do anthropology in the Middle East.

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