Fall 2021

The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-265  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-266

Moodle site: Course


Christopher T. Dole (Section 01)


(Offered as ANTH 265 and ASLC 266) This course draws on ethnographic writings, documentary film, and literary accounts to examine the everyday realities of people living in the region commonly referred to as the Middle East. Rather than attempting a survey of the entire region, the course explores a number of important themes in the anthropology of the Middle East. These themes include, among others: gender and sexuality, religious piety, urban space, migration, and political protest. By the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding of some of the most pressing issues being faced in the region, and the ways that anthropologists have explored these issues. No previous knowledge of the Middle East or anthropology is assumed.   

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Dole.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to majors and second and third year students.


Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2023