Teaching Literature on the Arabian Peninsula

Even after 15 years of teaching literature on the Arabian Peninsula, I still worry about finding the right texts for my students. They are majoring in English language, not literature, so I don’t have to cover any kind of canon. I just need good stories, plays, and poems that will help improve their English by giving them a chance to read, write, talk, and think.

Migrating to the Middle East in Search of Safety

My ethnographic work examining US-citizen Muslim residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one attempt to demonstrate that Muslim migration flows are not one-way journeys from Muslim-majority countries to the so-called West.

Spaces of Life, States of Death

Life on Cairo’s rooftops unfolds as an extension of itself along generational and species lines. Death, however, unfolds as a return through which the body returns through processes of again birthing, but also decomposing in the ecological lands of “waste”—through disposing the little brother in the garden for example

MES Book Prize, Student Paper Prize Announcements

The Middle East Section is now accepting nominations for its biennial book award. This award is given to an anthropological work (single- or multi-authored, but not edited volumes) that speaks to issues in a way that holds relevance beyond our subfield. Criteria may include: innovative approaches, theoretical sophistication, and topical originality.

Accepting the Distinguished Scholar Award on behalf of Saba Mahmood

It is hard for me to get my head around the tragedy of the fact that Saba Mahmood could not be here to accept this award she so richly deserves in person. In one sense, this award marks something we already know about Mahmood’s work—its path-breaking distinction in the anthropology of the Middle East.