Fall 2023

The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives

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


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.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to majors and second and third year students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on readings, written work, and independent research.

ANTH 265 - LEC

Section 01
M 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM SCCE A019
W 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM SCCE A019

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt Duke University Press Barnes, Jessica Amherst Books TBD
Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine Stanford University Press Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Sophia Amherst Books TBD
Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability and Political Violence in Turkey University of California Press Aciksoz, Salih, Can Amherst Books TBD
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society University of California Press Abu-Lughod, Lila Amherst Books TBD
Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject Princeton University Press Mahmood, Saba Amherst Books TBD
Gender Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress University of Chicago Press Adely, Fida Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2023, Fall 2024