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Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
by Elizabeth Wa Fernea
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A delightful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study, this is an account of Fernea's two-year stay in a tiny rural village in Iraq, where she assumed the dress and sheltered life of a harem woman.... (read more)

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In and Out of Morocco: Smuggling and Migration in a Frontier Boomtown
In and Out of Morocco: Smuggling and Migration in a Frontier Boomtown
by David A Mcmurray
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Every summer for almost forty years, tens of thousands of Moroccan emigrants from as far away as Norway and Germany have descended on the duty-free smugglers' cove/migrant frontier boomtown of Nador, Morocco. David McMurray investigates the local effects... (read more)

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Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco
Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco
by Paul Rabinow
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In this landmark study, now celebrating thirty years in print, Paul Rabinow takes as his focus the fieldwork that anthropologists do. How valid is the process? To what extent do the cultural data become artifacts of the interaction between anthropologist... (read more)

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Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania
Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania
by Stacey A Langwick
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This subtle and powerful ethnography examines African healing and its relationship to medical science. Stacey A. Langwick investigates the practices of healers in Tanzania who confront the most intractable illnesses in the region, including AIDS and... (read more)

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Algerian Sketches
Algerian Sketches
by Pierre Bourdieu
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In the late 1950s, like tens of thousands of young men of his generation, Pierre Bourdieu, having recently passed the agrégation in philosophy, found himself immersed in the Algerian war. Motivated by an impulse that, as he himself says, &lsquo... (read more)

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Picturing Casablanca
Picturing Casablanca
by Susan Ossman
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In Picturing Casablanca, Susan Ossman probes the shape and texture of mass images in Casablanca, from posters, films, and videotapes to elections, staged political spectacles, and changing rituals. In a fluid style that blends ethnographic narrative... (read more)

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Apetebii: The Wife of Orunmila
Apetebii: The Wife of Orunmila
by Ifayemi Elebuibon
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Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon comes from a family acclaimed to be one of the authorities on Yoruba traditional institution. His great ancestor, Olutimehin was one of the co-founders of the City of Oshogbo, in Osun State of Nigeria. Yemi is a Yoruba poet and is... (read more)

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Arabian Oasis City: The Transformation of 'Unayzah
Arabian Oasis City: The Transformation of 'Unayzah
by Soraya Altorki
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The first anthropological study to document the social change inan urban community in Saudi Arabia since the oil book of the mid-1970s.... (read more)

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Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa)
Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa)
by Katherine E Hoffman
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Berbers and Others offers fresh perspectives on new forms of social and political activism in today's Maghrib. In recent years, the Amazigh (Berber) movement has become a focus of widespread political, social, and cultural attention in North Africa... (read more)

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My Life Story: The Autobiography of a Berber Woman
My Life Story: The Autobiography of a Berber Woman
by Fadhma A M Amrouche
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The autobiography of a berber... (read more)

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Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court (Language & Legal Discourse)
Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court (Language & Legal Discourse)
by Susan F Hirsch
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The title of Susan Hirsch's study of disputes involving Swahili Muslims in coastal Kenya reflects the image of gender relations most commonly associated with Islamic law. Men need only "pronounce" divorce to resolve marital conflicts, while embattled and... (read more)

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The Poetics of Military Occupation
The Poetics of Military Occupation
by Smadar Lavie
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The romantic, nineteenth-century image of the Bedouin as fierce, independent nomads on camelback racing across an endless desert persists in the West. Yet since the era of Ottoman rule, the Mzeina Bedouin of the South Sinai desert have lived under... (read more)

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Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video
Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video
by Jane E Goodman
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"[S]ure to interest a number of different audiences, from language and music scholars to specialists on North Africa.... a superb book, clearly written, analytically incisive, about very important issues that have not been described elsewhere." --John... (read more)

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Islamic Society in Practice
Islamic Society in Practice
by Carol Fluehr Lobban
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The complicated relations and associated tension between the West and Christianity and the Arab world and Islam are deeply rooted in history and have been marked by political and cultural struggles often waged in the name of religion.... (read more)

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Nubian Encounters: The Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 1961-1964
Nubian Encounters: The Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 1961-1964
by Nicholas S. Hopkins And Sohair R. Mehanna.
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In the 1960s the construction of the Aswan High Dam occasioned the forced displacement of a large part of the Nubian population. Beginning in 1960, anthropologists at the American University in Cairo's Social Research Center undertook a survey of the... (read more)

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The Egyptians (Peoples of Africa)
The Egyptians (Peoples of Africa)
by Barbara Watterson
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This is an account of the Egyptians from the first settlers in the Nile Valley through to the present day. Egypt has the longest, continuous, known history of any country in the world.... (read more)

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Assaulting with Words: Popular Discourse and the Bridle of Shari'ah
Assaulting with Words: Popular Discourse and the Bridle of Shari'ah
by Abdullahi Ibrahim
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A study of practices associated with the fear of verbal metaphors that are believed to cast the evil eye, based on 1984 fieldwork among the Rubatab, Muslim Arab farmers living along the middle Nile in Sudan. Focuses on the polemics by which people... (read more)

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Sacred Performances Islam Sexuality &
Sacred Performances Islam Sexuality &
by M Combs Schilling
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With penetrating insight Combs-Schilling illuminates the remarkable survival of one of the world's oldest monarchies, still ruling after 1200 years. The author unravels the paradox of this ancient yet progressive institution that has weathered invasion... (read more)

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The Nomadic Alternative
The Nomadic Alternative
by Thomas J Barsfield
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Following basic themes in each chapter, this text makes an ethnographic and historical examination of nomadic pastoral societies in Africa, the Near East, Iranian Plateau, and Central Eurasia. It studies the cattlekeepers, the camel nomads, the good... (read more)

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Patience and Power: Women's Lives in a Moroccan Village
Patience and Power: Women's Lives in a Moroccan Village
by Susan Schaefe Davis
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