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Code ANTH 550
Term 201301
Title Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Anthropology(ANTH)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Yektan Turky?lmaz,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
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Planned Learning Activities Discussion,Interactive Lesson,Lecture,

Geographic regions such as the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) are human constructions based on ideas about space and difference, rather than naturally existing categories. This course starts with a critical analysis of the making of the MENA region, which covers about 25 countries from Morocco to Iran, as a historical and political process. In an effort to move beyond the predominantly Orientalist constructions of this region in mainstream discourses, we will read critical ethnographic studies of the historical, political and cultural processes that have shaped human lives in this diverse cultural space.


To explore the cultural, political and historical processes in the making of the MENA region

Programme Outcomes
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Recommended or Required Reading

A selection of articles will be read, in addition to one of the ethnographies

Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2004. Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in
Egypt. University of Chicago Press.

Ghannam, Farha. 2002. Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics
of Identity in a Global Cairo. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gilsenan, Michael. 1996. Lords of the Lebanese Marches: Violence and Narrative
in an Arab Society. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Hasso, Frances. 2005. Resistance, Repression, and Gender Politics in Occupied
Palestine and Jordan. Syracuse University Press.