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This book provides readers with a topical, social-anthropological introduction to the Middle East. It synthesizes historical, ethnographic, and socioeconomic data within a social science framework., and places in proper context the region's distinctive “way of life” —which has always been at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations. Comprehensive and straightforward coverage includes distinctive theoretical forms without the use of social science jargon.. Chapter topics include the prophet, religion, identity, and culture of Islam; communal identities and ethnic groups; pastoralism and nomadic society; agriculture and the changing village; cities and urban life; women and the social order; leadership, patronage, and tribalism as local organizations of power; and challenges and dilemmas facing the Middle East today. For individuals who want to explore problems, patterns, and cultural processes of the area known as the “central Middle East.”

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-324) and index.

Table of Contents

 1. The Setting: Human Geography and Historical Background.

 2. Islam: The Prophet and the Religion.

 3. Islam as Identity, Islam as Culture.

 4. Communal Identities and Ethnic Groups.

 5. Pastoralism and Nomadic Society.

 6. Agriculture and the Changing Village.

 7. Cities and Urban Life.

 8. Kinship, Marriage, and the Family.

 9. Women and the Social Order.

10. Local Organization of Power: Leadership, Patronage, and Tribalism.

11. Challenges and Dilemmas: The Middle East Today.

Glossary.

References.

Photo Credits.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780136564898
Author:
Rassam, Amal
Publisher:
Pearson
Author:
Bates, Daniel G.
Location:
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Middle East Civilization.
Subject:
Ethnology -- Middle East.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
63, supl. 1
Publication Date:
July 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
329
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 454 gr

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