Anthropology 241 Anthropology of the Mediterranean
This course focuses on pluralism and cultural interaction in circum-Mediterranean societies from the Ottoman Empire through the present. It includes such topics as: orientalism and the problematics and politics of ethnographic production in and on “peripheral” societies; the use and abuse of concepts of cultural continuity; ethno-religious interaction in rural and urban settings; imperial legacies and nation-state ideologies in 21st century cultural politics; local and transnational economic systems; migration patterns, conflicts, and contemporary social transformations.
Prerequisite: one course in anthropology or Global History.
Anthropology 259 Ethnography of Islam SO
Comparative ethnographies of Muslim societies. Islam as a field of anthropological inquiry and theorizing. Ethnographic (and other) representations of Muslims and the construction of ethnographic authority. Muslim Americans. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.
Anthropology 361 Advanced Topics in Ethnographic Area Studies: National Imaginaries of the Middle East. SO
The end of the 19th century saw the emergence of nationalistic thought in the Middle East. The fall of the Ottoman Empire resulted in the formation of nation‐states in the region, many of which came under direct European colonialism. This course critically examines nationalistic imaginations and state formation. By focusing on questions of “imagined communities,” we will analyze inclusionary and exclusionary practices of nationalistic discourses, including Turkish/Persian/Arab nationalisms, Baathisms, Zionisms, and Iraqism. We will also approach the nation‐state “as a category of practice,” by focusing on laws, monuments, museums, flags, etc. The purpose of the course is to provide a historical and political approach to understanding nation formation in the Middle East. We will conclude by studying the recent Arab uprisings in the region, and how they consolidated nationalism within each country but also opened a space for a broader (and different) concept of Arab nationalism.