ANTH-210 Introduction to the Anthropology of the Arab World
Anthropologists have long studied the Middle East much as they studied other cultures--through "participant observation" that often cloaked unexamined assumptions of the primitiveness of their subjects. Such assumptions have, however, fallen by the wayside throughout the discipline. History, literature, and mass media are now just as much "ethnographic material" as the anthropologist's traditional ahistorically conceived relationship with "informants." Consequently this course will examine Arab societies through a broad range of material, including films and literature. Topics covered in the course will include family structure, gender, language and identity, nationalism, Arab-American migrant communities, modernity, Islam, and fundamentalism in comparative perspective.
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