Anthropology of the Middle East: An Overview


  • Solaiman M Fazel Indiana University


This is a review of Soraya Altorki's edited volume, "A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East," 2015. This review assesses the chapters in this volume with respect to the past, present, and the future of the field.

Author Biography

Solaiman M Fazel, Indiana University

Solaiman M. Fazel, Ph.D.
Indiana University


Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 2006.

Appadurai, Arjan. Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Fazel, Solaiman M. Ethnohistory of the Qizilbash in Kabul: Migration, State, and a Shi’a Minority. Indiana University, 2017. (Doctoral Dissertation).

Foner, Eric. Who Own History: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.

Kozma, Liat, Schayegh Cyrus, and Wishnitzer Avner. A Global Middle East: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880-1940. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2015.

Lockman, Zachary. Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.