Anthropology of the Middle East

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


Subjects: Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies


CALLS FOR PAPERS
Religions rituals' reflection of current social conditions in the Middle East (Summer 2022)
Economic Anthropology in the Middle East (Summer 2023)

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 16 (2021): Issue 1 (Jun 2021): States of Displacement: Middle Eastern Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers in Global Context. Guest Editors: Lucia Volk and Marcia C. Inhorn

Volume 16 / 2021, 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.


Indexing/Abstracting

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/Book Reports Editor: Fakhri Hagani, Georgia State University, USA; Georgia Tech, USA; 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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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 | soheilairan@gmail.com

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

Further correspondence, including inquiries about book reviews, may be directed to Dr. Fakhri Hagani, Managing Editor, at the.fakhri@gmail.com.

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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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Tajik Male Labour Migration and Women Left Behind

Can They Resist Gender and Generational Hierarchies?

Poverty and unemployment send at least one million Tajiks to Russia for low-level labour migration. The migrants, mainly male, leave women behind to manage on their own. As a result, women have to work all the harder to try to feed themselves and their children, often against great odds. Male migrant labour to Russia, along with unemployment, alcoholism, drug dependency and other problems, also results in a shortage of marriageable males. This is a serious problem because Tajiks expect girls to marry early. Globalisation, poverty and male labour migration serve to exacerbate existing gender and generational hierarchies.

This article examines the resurgence of tribalism as a sociological component of contemporary Qatari society. Utilising an ethnographic, mixed-methods design, the article begins with a survey of the substantial scholarship concerning tribes in Arabia. That scholarship provides ideas and understandings that only partially explain the vitality of contemporary tribalism. The article then demonstrates tribalism's ongoing social importance by analysing data from a quantitative survey of 800 Qatari citizens. The article concludes with the ethnographically situated contention that tribalism functions as a mechanism for asserting social power in the contemporary Qatari state, and is therefore an emblematic component of Qatari citizenship.

Claiming Space

Documenting Second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles

Author: Amy Malek

In 2009–2010 I collaborated with four Iranian documentary photographers to document everyday lives of the second-generation Iranian-American community in Los Angeles (LA). This article offers an overview of that project and exhibition, along with a selection of images, and presents interview data that suggests several impacts of place and of representations of Iranians on second generation Iranian-American identity. Youth experiences of geopolitical, community and familial struggles have motivated many in this generation to re-mould the image of ‘LA Persians’ by claiming space in diaspora for themselves and their children, the growing third generation.

The continuing practice of polygynous marriage on the part of the Bedouin of the Negev in Israel is generally seen as resistance to modernity for the sake of maintaining semi-nomadic ways of life. By this logic, the numerous anthropological studies that have shown that polygyny is more widespread among older generations (particularly among men of means) can be explained. In Israel, however, there is an added factor of modernity as enforced by the state and its alien Western values. Recent studies of the Bedouin in Israel have found that polygyny is on the increase among all age groups, regardless of their socio-economic status. This article addresses this seemingly surprising finding, discussing some of the main social and political motivations that underlie the growing prevalence of polygyny as exhibited by the Bedouin in Israel.

Marriage has become an expensive proposition in the United Arab Emirates, so much so that it is used by some Emirati men as justification for marrying someone outside Emirati society. This article examines the changes in Emirati weddings over the last 30 years, presents a synopsis of the public discussion of Emirati marriages, and considers how the carefully contained public discussion deflects the comprehensive changes that have transformed Emirati society.