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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.

Rethinking Power in Turkey through Politics from Below (Volume 13, Issue 2)

Dynamics of Ecological Awareness in the Middle East and Maghreb (Volume 14, Issue 1)

Visual Anthropology in the Middle East (Volume 14, Issue 2)

Announcing the Zubaydah Ashkanani Prize!

Subjects: Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies

Current Issue

Volume 13, Issue 2, Winter 2018

Special Issue: Rethinking Power in Turkey through Everyday Practices
Guest edited by Élise Massicard

Introduction: Rethinking Power in Turkey through Everyday Practices
Élise Massicard

Inheriting and Living the Political: The Leftist Youth Subculture in Istanbul
Lorenzo D’Orsi

Lawyers against the Law: The Challenge of Activist Turkish Lawyers Associations
Joakim Parslow

Expanding Religion and Islamic Morality in Turkey: The Role of the Diyanet’s Female Preachers
Chiara Maritato

Dreams from Beyond as Politics from Below: The Social Life of Dream Stories within the Hizmet-AKP Conflict in Turkey
Ida Hartmann

The Mahalle as Margin of the State: Shifting Sensitivities in Two Neighbourhood Spaces of Istanbul
Urszula Wozniak

Politics in the Piyasa: Marching, Marketing and the Emergence of Gay Identities in Istanbul
Samuel Williams

Epilogue: Mapping the Topography of Oppression
Jenny White



Gareth Stansfield and Mohammed Shareef (eds) (2017), The Kurdish Question Revisited
Review by Behnam Amini

J. R. Osborn (2017) Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design
Review by Natalia Suit


18th IUAES World Congress, ‘Word (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge’, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, 16–20 July 2018
Review by Soheila Shahshahani

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