Anthropologies of arab-majority societies

Lara Deeb*, Jessica Winegar

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article reviews recent anthropological scholarship of Arab-majority societies in relation to geopolitical and theoretical shifts since the end of the Cold War, as well as conjunctures of research location, topic, and theory. Key contributions of the subfield to the larger discipline include interventions into feminist theorizing about agency; theories of modernity; analyses of cultural production/consumption that destabilize the culture concept; approaches to religion that integrate textual traditions with practice, experience, and institutions; and research on violence that emphasizes routinization and affect. Emerging work in the areas of race and ethnicity, secularism, law, human rights, science and technology, and queer studies has the potential to strengthen anthropology of the region as well as to contribute to the discipline more broadly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-558
Number of pages22
JournalAnnual Review of Anthropology
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • gender
  • modernity
  • nationalism
  • religion
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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