Cairo’s charitable water fountains are proliferating as locals respond to increasing thermal discomfort due to climate change.
Residents of Istanbul’s Tarlabaşı neighborhood engaged in relationship-making to survive rapid urban transformation. Now, they use the same strategy to sustain communities through COVID-19.
Although Copts are often hailed as the exemplary Christian victims of Islamic terrorism, they encounter the same targeted profiling and hate crimes as American Muslims, racialized and securitized after 9/11.
The deteriorating security situation in Yemen poses methodological and practical challenges. But, research and scholarship is possible.
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.
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.
Iraq and the United States are no longer separate entities, but are both entangled in an unequal power relation that has reconfigured the lives of Iraqis.
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
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.
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.