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Anthropology of the Middle East

Aims & Scope

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Recent political events have shown an alarming lack of awareness in western countries of life in the Middle East. Anthropologists, trained in analysing local discourses and social actions and their socio-political and historical contexts, play an important role in making social and cultural developments in the Middle East more comprehensible to a wider world.

This peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for scholarly exchange between anthropologists and other social scientists working in and on the Middle East. The journal's aim is to disseminate, on the basis of informed analysis and insight, a better understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and thereby to achieve a greater appreciation of Middle Eastern contributions to our culturally diverse world.

Anthropology of the Middle East (AME) is published twice a year, in the spring and autumn. Issues are often themed and on occasion guest edited. Each issue contains articles on specific research projects and outcomes on Middle Eastern topics. A section titled "Notes from the Field" features research in progress. Book reviews and shorter reports on books, films and conferences are also included.

Popular Religious Practices and Perceptions (Volume 13, Issue 1)

Anthropology of Children in the Middle East (Volume 12, Issue 1)

Announcing the Zubaydah Ashkanani Prize!

Subjects: Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies

Current Issue

Volume 11, Issue 2, Winter 2016

Soheila Shahshahani


Death of a Statesman – Birth of a Martyr: Martyrdom and Memorials in Post–Civil War Lebanon
Are John Knudsen

Finding a Place to Sit: How Qatari Women Combine Cultural and Kinship Capital in the Home Majilis
Rehenuma Asmi

Calm Vessels: Cultural Expectations of Pregnant Women in Qatar
Susie Kilshaw, Daniel Miller, Halima Al Tamimi, Faten El-Taher, Mona Mohsen, Nadia Omar, Stella Major and Kristina Sole

Interaction between Society and Medical Ethics in Saudi Arabia
Abdulla Al Sayyari, Fayez Hejaili and Faissal Shaheen


Iranian Women and the Politics of Diasporic Websites in the Digital Age
Sanaz Nasirpour

Transnation and Transgeneration in Zoya Pirzad’s We’ll Get Used to It (‘Âdat Mikonim)
Farideh Pourgiv

Appalling Tehran: Translation of the French Serial Story and Its Effect on the Persian Serial Story
Manizheh Abdollahi and Ehya Amalsaleh





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