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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 1, Summer 2018

Special Issue: Popular Religious Practices and Perceptions in the Middle East and Central Asia
Guest edited by Mary Elaine Hegland and Erika Friedl

Introduction: Popular Religious Practices and Perceptions in the Middle East and Central Asia
Mary Elaine Hegland

Aestheticised Rituals and (Non-)Engagement with Norms in Contemporary Turkey: A Contribution to Discussions on Piety and Ethics
Erol Saglam

Childless Women in Georgia: Between Religious Restrictions and Medical Opportunities
Elene Gavashelishvili

Religious Practices in the Modern Ceremonial Lives of the Kyrgyz People
Aidarbek Sulaimankulovich Kochkunov

Eschatology in Boir Ahmad, Iran
Erika Friedl and Reinhold Loeffler

Understanding the Z?r: An African-Iranian Healing Dance Ritual
William O. Beeman

Negotiating between Shi’a and Catholic Rituals in Iran: A Case Study of Filipina Converts and Their Adult Children
Ashraf Zahedi

Damgah: A Traditional Caspian Agroecosystem for Trapping Migratory Waterfowl Acting as A Potential Avian Sanctuary
Ellen Vuosalo-Tavakoli, Mahmoud Ghasempouri and Younes Yaghobzadeh


'Almost Mahram': Moments of Trust and Kinship in Iran
Rose Wellman

Economic Transitions and Land Ownership: Challenging Traditions among Rural Yezidis in Post-Soviet Armenia
Hamlet Melkumyan and Roman Hovsepyan


Popular Religious Practices and Perceptions in Some Shi’i Muslim Communities: Women’s Voices Rising
Mary Elaine Hegland



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