Anth 279: peoples and cultures of the middle east



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ANTH 279: PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Dr. Barbara Bilge’

OFFICE: 712-K Pray-Harrold

OFFICE PHONE: 487-4246 or 487-0012 (SAC OFFICE)

OFFICE HOURS: Monday, 4:30pm-6pm, Friday 2:30pm-4pm, or by special appointment.
TEXTS:

PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE MIDDLE EAST. By Daniel Bates and Amal Rassam. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1983.


GUESTS OF THE SHIEK: AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF AN IRAQI VILLAGE. By Elizabeth Warnock Fernea. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, 1965.
A WIFE FOR MY SON. By Ali Ghalem. Chicago: Banner Press, 1979.
MONEY MAKES US RELATIVES: WOMEN'S LABOR IN URBAN TURKEY. By Jenny B. White. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1994.
PLUS: HANDOUTS and a slim COURSE PACK.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:

This course will provide you with concepts, theories, and information to help you

understand

1. Orientalism: the lingering, ethnocentric, "Crusader mentality" of Western scho-

lars' interpretations of the Middle East, particularly Islamic societies and

cultures.

2. the influence of environment upon the cultural history of the Middle East.

3. relationships between the historical background of the Middle East and its con-

temporary political conflicts and cultural adaptations:

a. Eastern Mediterranean agricultural village and pastoral adaptations, early

state formations, and ancient civilizations.

b. Islam and its influence upon all the peoples of the Middle East.

c. the differential impact of European colonialism and imperialism upon Middle

Eastern peoples.

4. the foundations of ethnic differentiation in the Middle East today.

5. gender, family relations, and community life in different parts of the Middle

East today.

6. migration within and emigration from the Middle East.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1. To be negotiated. Your input is vital.

2. FINAL EXAM (mandatory).

LECTURE SCHEDULE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS


WEEK OF DISCUSSION TOPICS AND ASSIGNED READINGS

Jan. 6th Locating the "Middle East." Orientalism. Environment. Prehistory.

(BATES & RASSAM-Chapter 1, pp. 1-19. HANDOUTS.)
Jan. 13th Ancient Civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Judaism and Christianity

in the Pre-Islamic Middle East.

(BATES & RASSAM—Chapter 1, pp. 20-25. CP: S.A. QUEEN, R.W. HABENSTEIN,

and J.S. QUADAGNO—The Patriarchal Family of the Ancient Hebrews. HAND-

OUTS.)
Jan. 20th MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY. No Classes.
Jan. 22nd Islam.

(BATES & RASSAM-Chapters 2 and 3. HANDOUTS.)


Jan. 27th Arab Islamic Empires. The Ottoman Empire.

(BATES & RASSAM—Chapter 4. HANDOUT.)


Feb. 3rd European Imperialism and Its Aftermath in the Middle East: Algeria, Egypt.

Oil and the Gulf.

(CP: P. SILVERSTEIN—Realizing Myth: Berbers in France and Algeria; A.

MAGHRAOUI—Algeria's Battle of Two Languages; J. GOODMAN—Berber Associa-

tions and Cultural Change in Algeria; B. CHERIET—Gender, Civil Society

and Citizenship in Algeria; J. STORK—Egypt's Factory Privatization Cam-

paign Turns Deadly' T. MITCHELL—Worlds Apart: An Egyptian Village and

the International Tourism Industry; L. ABU-LUGHOD—Islam and Public Cul-

ture: The Politics of Egyptian Television Serials; K. AL-GAWHARY—Copts

in the "Egyptian Fabric;" L. CAINKAR—Gulf War Aftermath; A. GRESH—The

Most Obscure Dictatorship.)
Feb. 10th Turkey. Iran.

(E. KURKCU—The Crisis of the Turkish State; Forced Evacuations and

Destruction of Villages in Turkish Kurdistan; Y. ARAT—On Gender and

Citizenship in Turkey; Interview With SiRIN TEKELI—Turkish Women and

the Welfare Party; A. BANUAZIZI—Iran's Revolutionary Impasse: Political

Factionalism and Societal Resistance; A. BAYAT—Squatters and the State:

Back Street Politics in the Islamic Republic; H. HOODFAR—Devices and

Desires: Population Policy and Gender Roles in the Islamic Republic.)


Feb. 17th Israelis and Palestinians.

(M. DUMPER—Jerusalem Then and Now; M. WENGER—Jerusalem; R. GIACAMAN*

I. JAD, and P. JOHNSON—For the Common Good? Gender and Social Citizen-

ship in Palestine; M.A. KHALIDI—Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon; J.

PETEET—From Refugees to Minority: Palestinians in Post-War Lebanon.)
Feb. 24th WINTER RECESS.
Mar. 3rd Nomads and Villagers.

(BATES AND RASSAM—Chapters 5 and 6.)


Mar. 10th Villagers, continued.

(Begin GUESTS OF THE SHEIK.)


Mar. 17th The Urban Scene.

(Finish GUESTS OF THE SHIEK.)


Mar. 24th Kinship, Marriage, and Family.

(BATES & RASSAM—Chapter 8. Read A WIFE FOR MY SON.)


Mar. 28th SPRING RECESS.
Mar. 31st Gender. Feminism, Secular and Islamic.

(BATES & RASSAM—Chapter 9. Begin MONEY MAKES US RELATIVES.)


Apr. 7th Socioeconomic Class. Political Culture. Patronage.

(BATES & RASSAM—Chapter 10. CP: S. JOSEPH-Gender and Citizenship in

Middle Eastern States.)
Apr. 14th "Modernization" and Its Discontents.

(BATES & RASSAM—Chapter 11. Finish MONEY MAKES US RELATIVES.)


Apr. 21st Wrap-up and Review.
FINAL EXAM Wednesday, April 23rd, in this room (415 Pray-Harrold.

PLEASE do NOT call the department or my office to learn your course

grade. If you give me a self-addressed, stamped post card or envelope

on final exam day, I will send you your final exam grade and your grade

for this course by mail. If the envelope is big enough and has suffi-

cient stamps, I will enclose your final exam in it.






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