Anthropology of the Middle East

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

Subjects: Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies

Congratulations to Chiara Maritato and Ida Hartmann, the winners of the 2018 Zubaydah Ashkanani Prize!

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.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Anthropology of the Middle East
Volume 15 No. 2 – Winter 2020



Alimentation et Cuisine au Moyen-Orient et au Maghreb
Food and Cooking in the Middle East and North Africa
Éléonore Armanet et Christian Bromberger


Un Précurseur… des Food Studies: Maxime Rodinson  
Maxime Rodinson: A Food Studies’ Precursor
Jean-Pierre Poulain

Qui, Entre Orient et Occident, Mange de la Viande, Quelle Viande et Pourquoi?  
Between West and East, Who Does Eat Meat, Which Meat and Why?
Jean-Pierre Digard


Le “7 épices” Libanais: Un Substitut Heureux au piment de Jamaïque?
The Lebanese "Seven-Spice": A Propitious Substitute to Allspice?
Aïda Kanafani-Zahar

Gilân (Northern Iran) Cuisine Specificity
La Spécificité de la Cuisine du Gilân (Iran Septentrional)
Christian Bromberger

Alimentation et Dessiccation en Contexte Saharien: Le Goût du Sec
Alimentation and Desiccation in the Saharian Context: The Taste of the Dry
Marie-Luce Gélard


Nourrir les Vivants par la Grâce des Saints: La Nourriture et le Sacré dans le Chiisme Iranien 
Feed the Livings by the Grace of the Saints: Food and Sacredness in Iranian Shiism
Sepideh Parsapajouh 

Rituels de Deuil et Symbolisme Alimentaire en Tunisie 
Mourning Rituals and Food Symbolism in Tunisia
Sonia Mlayah Hamzaoui

Cacher, Festive et Végétarienne - La Nouvelle Cuisine des Fêtes Juives
Kosher and Vegan – Jewish Holidays’ New Forms of Cooking 
Sophie Nizard


L’estomac, le Chemin du Cœur et la Transformation du Monde Femmes, Nourriture, Relations et Parenté Pratiques en Turquie 
Women, Food, Practical Relations and Kinship in Turkey
Marie Helene Sauner-Leroy

Les Repas des Marocains: Comparaison entre Casablanca et des Communes Rurales du Souss (Enquête de 2013)
Moroccans’ Meals: A Comparative Study Between Casablanca and Souss Rural Areas (A Survey Carried Out in 2013)
Laurence Tibère, Jean-Pierre Poulain, Nicolas Bricas, Driss Boumeggouti, Claude Fischler

Sortir Manger: Les Pique-Niques des Ouvrières du Textile au Maroc dans les Espaces Publics 
Eating Out: Female Textile Workers’ Picnics in Moroccan Public Spaces
Gaëlle Gillot


Iranian Women’s Food Writing in Diaspora 
Ce Qu'écrivent les Femmes de la Diaspora Iranienne sur la Nourriture
Afsaneh Hojabri

De Berlin à la Conquête du Monde: L’irrésistible Expansion du Döner Kebab
From Berlin to the World Conquest: The Irresistible Expansion of Döner-Kebab
Stéphane De Tapia

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, USA

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

Editorial Advisory Board
Kamyar Abdi, Science and Research University, Tehran, Iran
Eleonore Armanet, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France
Gay Jennifer Breyley, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Christian Bromberger, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France
Jean-Pierre Digard, CNRS, Paris, France
Mary Elaine Hegland, Santa Clara University, USA
Marcia Inhorn, Yale University, USA
Abderrahmane Moussaoui, Université Lyon 2, Lumière, France
Shahnaz Nadjmabadi, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany
Babak Rezvani, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Sabine Strasser, University of Bern, Switzerland
Soraya Tremayne, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, UK
Tomoko Yamagishi, Meiji University, Japan

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