ANTHRCUL 409 - Peoples and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is a survey of anthropological approaches to the cultures of what is now called "the Middle East," a region extending from Morocco to Iran. Primary attention is given to Arabic-speaking, Muslim societies. We will examine enduring topics of interest, such as tribalism, kinship, gender, and Islam. We will also explore new problems (and styles of analysis) that call older interests into question. These include (trans)nationalism, mass culture, the political consequences of popular literacy, globalization, disaporas, and novel forms of ethnographic engagement with these topics. Finally, the course addresses the growing number of Middle Eastern communities that now live outside the region, with a special focus on Arabs in Detroit. Classes will include a mix of lecture and discussion, and readings will be drawn mostly from recent monographs. Grades will be based on two essays and classroom participation, with an additional short paper for graduate students.

ANTHRCUL 409 - Peoples and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0691124213
An enchanted modern gender and public piety in Shi'i Lebanon, Author: Lara Deeb., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2006
ISBN: 0812215257
The object of memory : Arab and Jew narrate the Palestinian village, Author: Susan Slyomovics., Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 1998
ISBN: 0299124347
Debating Muslims : cultural dialogues in postmodernity and tradition, Author: Michael M.J. Fischer and Mehdi Abedi., Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press Repr. 1990
ISBN: 0679727833
In an antique land, Author: Amitav Ghosh., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1994
ISBN: 9780520201019
Nationalism and the genealogical imagination oral history and textual authority in tribal Jordan, Author: Andrew Shryock., Publisher: University of California Press 1997
ISBN: 0814328121
Arab Detroit : from margin to mainstream, Author: ed. by Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock., Publisher: Wayne State Univ. Press 2000
ISBN: 0299123146
Wombs and alien spirits : women, men, and the Z?r cult in northern Sudan, Author: Janice Boddy., Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press 1989
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