ARAB-363 Anthropology, Colonialism, and Islam
Fall for 2013-2014
This course will examine the role of anthropology and anthropologists in the history of the contact between Europe (and later the U.S.A.) and the Muslim world. Examples will include anthropological writing produced in the period of British colonialism in Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, India and Afghanistan, French colonialism in North Africa and Lebanon, and Russian colonialism in the Caucasus and Central Asia (with all readings in English). Course readings and discussions will explore the history of academic orientalism and the theoretical challenge to it as elucidated by Edward Said. Intellectual engagement with both primary anthropological texts and critical responses will be required. The Muslim reform movement of Jadidism, the Naqshibendi response to colonialism, and the work of Muslim anthropologists and folklorists may be included as course topics for advanced students. This course is open to both upper level undergraduates and graduate students.
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