Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Nation, State and Society in the Middle East/North Africa

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences


This course is an introduction to the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa. It explores a variety of everyday forms and practices, which are tense with class, gender and other social oppositions.


Both complementary and contrasting theoretical approaches are used to explore the diverse topics, while three large questions guide the discussions: How do the various social forms and transformations relate to the expanded apparatus and functions of the modern state? How do they relate to the region's strategic importance to Western political and economic interests? How does the social organization of communications, with its varying blends of local and transnational contexts, shape belief, authority and community?

Reading List:

- Balakrishnan, Gopal and Benedict Anderson (eds.),Mapping the Nation (London: Verso, 1996);
- Eickelman, Dale F. and Jon W. Anderson (eds.), New Media in the Muslim World: the Emerging Public Sphere (Bloomington/Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 1999);
- Herzfeld, Michael, Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State (London: Routledge, 1996).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Ranier Fsadni

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