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The Ottomans' Leverage with Imperial Studies

Marc Aymes

This article aims to explore the consequences of including Ottoman studies in the larger field of imperial studies. It strives to combine a close reading of the Ottoman imperial epithets with considerations of how the Ottomans may contribute to theorizing empire as a model. In particular, the article engages in a discussion of whether the "sublime sultanate" developed into a colonial pattern of empire over its final century of existence. As it turns out, the Ottoman practice of administration did not come down to a simulacrum of European colonialism; the article points instead to a semiotics of empire that took its cue from a multidimensional logic of governmentality. Accordingly, archival idiosyncrasies are taken to imply the contrary of an Ottoman exceptionalism. They serve rather to highlight that concepts carry with them a vast repertoire of meanings to be activated in practice.

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Critical Political Anthropology of the Middle East

Soheila Shahshahani

This issue of AME focuses on the critical political anthropology of the Middle East. Studies of tribes and states have been on the agenda of political anthropology of the Middle East for decades, and in this issue we have various articles related to this topic. What is particularly informing in this issue are the brilliant articles concerned with informal politics going beyond statistical and formal studies, showing how power works through access to resources, and particularly the reproduction of political systems and hierarchies, and finally how modern legal systems within certain political structures are exercised in everyday life. Other fields of anthropology such as the anthropology of children and the anthropology of law may also benefit from this issue.

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Publications, Films and Conferences

Zuzanna Olszewska, Veronica Doubleday, Irene Kucera, Michael Humphrey, Mary Elaine Hegland, Soheila Shahshahani, Marcia Inhorn, Suad Joseph, Soraya Tremayne, and José-Alberto Navarro


Coburn, Noah (2011), Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press). 254 pp. ISBN 978-0-8047- 7672-1.

Heath, Jennifer and Zahedi, Ashraf (eds.) (2009), Land of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women (Berkeley: University of California Press). 393 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-26186-0.

Barfield, Thomas (2010), Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press). 389 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-14568-6.

Oeppen, Cery and Schlenkhoff, Angela (eds.) (2010), Beyond the ‘Wild Tribes’: Understanding Modern Afghanistan and Its Diaspora (London: Hurst). 233 pp. ISBN 978-1-84904-055-6.

Hyndman-Rizk, Nelia (2011), My Mother’s Table: At Home in the Maronite Diaspora, a Study of Emigration from Hadchit, North Lebanon to Australia and America (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing). 290 pp. ISBN (13) 978-0-691-14568-6.

Loeffler, Agnes (2007), Allopathy Goes Native: Traditional Versus Modern Medicine in Iran (New York: Taurus Academic Studies). 224 pp. ISBN 978-1- 85043-942-4.


Oskoui, Mehrdad (2007), Last Days of Winter, Iran, 52 minutes.

Sheykholeslami, Mahvash (2012), Dark Room, Iran, 40 minutes.


45th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), 1–4 December 2011, Washington, DC

‘Globalized Fatherhood’, 13–15 April 2012, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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Theorizing the Spatiality of Protest

Dimitris Soudias and Tareq Sydiq

in Amman, Athens, Tehran, and Washington, DC, and analyze them using various (inter-)disciplinary lenses such as political sociology, conflict studies, organization studies, political economy, Middle East studies, and political science. What ties them

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Etty Terem

: Gendering Middle East History,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 48:3 (2016), 551-588. 3 For some of the best examples of this scholarship, see Malek Alloula, The Colonial Harem , trans. Myrna Godzich and Wlad Godzich (Manchester: Manchester

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Colin Shindler

, Israel Studies in Europe per se is not. It has been taught under a plethora of labels—Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Mediterranean Studies—for decades from one end of Europe to the other. It has been taught in universities and institutions of higher

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Nir Gazit and Yagil Levy

, Daniel Maman , and Eyal Ben-Ari . 2003 . “ The Study of War and the Military in Israel: An Empirical Investigation and a Reflective Critique .” International Journal of Middle East Studies 35 ( 3 ): 461 – 484 . 10.1017/S0020743803000199

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Jackie Feldman

.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 36 : 639 – 655 . 10.1017/S0020743804364068 Bilu , Yoram . 2010 . The Saints’ Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers, and Holy Men in Israel's Urban Periphery . Boston : Academic Studies Press . Cohen , Erik

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Paul L. Scham and Yoram Peri

Middle East Studies Program, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An internationally recognized scholar of Hebrew, Polish, and Canadian literatures, Brenner published on a wide range of

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Globalizing the History of French Decolonization

Jessica Lynne Pearson

relative paucity of transnational studies of French decolonization include Burleigh Hendrickson, “March 1968: Practicing Transnational Activism from Tunis to Paris,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 44, 4 (2012): 755–774, doi: 10.1017/S