Anthropology of the Middle East

Editor in Chief: Soheila Shahshahani, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Subjects: Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies

Congratulations to Dr. Mitra Asfari and Dr. Konstantina Isidoros, the winners of the 2017 Zubaydah Ashkanani Prize!

Food and Cooking (Volume 15, Issue 2)
States of Displacement (Volume 16, Issue 1)
Poetized Love: Affects, Gender and Society (Volume 16, Issue 2)

Anthropology of the Middle East is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

AME 15.1 (Spring 2020)

Reinventing Anthropological Topics
Soheila Shahshahani


Research Methodology in Kurdish Studies: Interactions between Fieldwork, Epistemology and Theory
Mehmet Orhan

The ‘Frame’ at Adab: American Archaeological Misbehaviour in Late Ottoman Iraq (1899–1905)
Jameel Haque

Sacred Lineages of Samarqand: History and Identity
Azim Malikov

The Legal Debate on the Phenomenon of ‘White Marriages’ in Contemporary Iran
Magdalena Rodziewicz

Reimagining Democracy through Syria’s Wartime Sharia Committees
Emma Findlen LeBlanc

Islamic Immaterial Culture and Ethnopolitical Symbols in Central Russia and the Caucasus
Babak Rezvani

Clothing and Colours in Early Islam: Adornment (Aesthetics), Symbolism and Differentiation
Hadas Hirsch

Volume 15 / 2020, 2 Issues per volume (spring, winter)

Aims & Scope

Recent political events have shown an alarming lack of awareness in western countries of life in the Middle East. Anthropologists, trained in analysing local discourses and social actions and their socio-political and historical contexts, play an important role in making social and cultural developments in the Middle East more comprehensible to a wider world.

This peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for scholarly exchange between anthropologists and other social scientists working in and on the Middle East. The journal's aim is to disseminate, on the basis of informed analysis and insight, a better understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and thereby to achieve a greater appreciation of Middle Eastern contributions to our culturally diverse world.

Anthropology of the Middle East (AME) is published twice a year, in the spring and autumn. Issues are often themed and on occasion guest edited. Each issue contains articles on specific research projects and outcomes on Middle Eastern topics. A section titled "Notes from the Field" features research in progress. Book reviews and shorter reports on books, films and conferences are also included.


Anthropology of the Middle East is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Anthropological Index (RAI)
  • Anthropological Literature (EBSCO)
  • Anthropological Literature (Tozzer Library – Harvard University)
  • British Humanties Index (CSA/ProQuest)
  • Cabell's Directory
  • A Current Bibliography on African Affairs (Baywood)
  • Electronic Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East (Dayan Center)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • Index Islamicus
  • Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies (EBSCO)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts (CSA/ProQuest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (CSA/ProQuest)
  • World Wide Political Science Abstracts (CSA/ProQuest)

Editor in Chief: Soheila Shahshahani, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Managing Editor: Fakhri Hagani, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Book Reports Editor: Fakhri Hagani, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Editorial Advisory Board
Kamyar Abdi, Science and Research University, Tehran
Eleonore Armanet, University d'Aix-Marseille
Gay Jennifer Breyley, Monash University, Melbourne
Christian Bromberger, Université d'Aix-en-Provence
Jean-Pierre Digard, CNRS, Paris
Mary Elaine Hegland, Santa Clara University
Marcia Inhorn, Yale University
Marjan Mashkour, CNRS, Paris
Abderrahmane Moussaoui, Université Lyon 2, Lumière
Shahnaz Nadjmabadi, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen
Sabine Strasser, University of Bern
Soraya Tremayne, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford
Tomoko Yamagishi, Meiji University

Manuscript Submission

Please carefully review the submission and style guidelines PDF here before submitting.

The editors welcome submissions for publication in English or French. Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed contributions will be reviewed. Please note that all correspondence will take place via e-mail.

Please send e-mail submissions and complete contact information to the Editor in Chief:
Soheila Shahshahan |

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Dr Soheila Shahshahan, Editor in Chief
Anthropology of the Middle East
Shahid Beheshti University, B.P. 19585-193
Tehran, Iran

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License Agreement

As part of the Berghahn Open Anthro initiative, articles in Anthropology of the Middle East (AME) are published open access under a Creative Commons license.

Authors must visit our License Options page to select and download their preferred license agreement. Completed and signed forms should be sent to

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Anthropology of the Middle East (AME) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete AME ethics statement.



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