Religion and Custom in a Muslim Society

Author: Ladislav Holy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052102496X
Release Date: 2006-04-13
Genre: Social Science

Among the Berti of Northern Darfur (Sudan), as among many Muslim societies, the formal religious practices are predominantly the concern of men, while local, unorthodox customary rituals are performed mainly by women. It is usual to dismiss such local, popular practices as pre-Islamic survivals, but Professor Holy shows that the customary rituals constitute an integral part of the religious system of the Berti. Carefully analysing the symbolic statements made in Berti rituals, Professor Holy demonstrates that the distinction between the two classes of rituals is an expression of the gender relationships characteristic of the society. He also examines the social distribution of knowledge about Islam, and explains the role of the religious schools in sustaining religious ideas. The work is not only an ethnographic study of ritual, belief and gender in an African society. It also makes a significant contribution to current anthropological discussion of the interpretation and meaning of rituals and symbols.

Feminist re visions of the Subject

Author: Gail Currie
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739104101
Release Date: 2002-05
Genre: Social Science

Feminist (Re)visions utilizes the study of space and place--which extends through sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and area studies, historical perspectives, and philosophy--as a paradigm for cross-disciplinary inquiry. Noting that both the study of space/place and feminism are transected by the lines of spacial, conceptual, and ontological disintegration in contemporary academia, Gail Currie and Celia Rothenberg have culled a collection of writings drawn together from feminist scholars across several disciplines to address three questions: how are subjects constituted in relation to the spaces and places they occupy; how are those spaces and places in turn negotiated and transformed; and how are feminists actively constructing new visions of the female subject in the context of the postmodern academic terrain? This work sets the stage for the development of a productive feminist praxis in an academic world some fear has been relativized and depoliticized by the postmodern turn.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology

Author: Richard Fardon
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781473971592
Release Date: 2012-07-25
Genre: Social Science

In two volumes, the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology provides the definitive overview of contemporary research in the discipline. It explains the what, where, and how of current and anticipated work in Social Anthropology. With 80 authors, contributing more than 60 chapters, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of research in Social Anthropology available and the essential point of departure for future projects. The Handbook is divided into four sections: -Part I: Interfaces examines Social Anthropology's disciplinary connections, from Art and Literature to Politics and Economics, from Linguistics to Biomedicine, from History to Media Studies. -Part II: Places examines place, region, culture, and history, from regional, area studies to a globalized world -Part III: Methods examines issues of method; from archives to war zones, from development projects to art objects, and from ethics to comparison -Part IV: Futures anticipates anthropologies to come: in the Brain Sciences; in post-Development; in the Body and Health; and in new Technologies and Materialities Edited by the leading figures in social anthropology, the Handbook includes a substantive introduction by Richard Fardon, a think piece by Jean and John Comaroff, and a concluding last word on futures by Marilyn Strathern. The authors - each at the leading edge of the discipline - contribute in-depth chapters on both the foundational ideas and the latest research. Comprehensive and detailed, this magisterial Handbook overviews the last 25 years of the social anthropological imagination. It will speak to scholars in Social Anthropology and its many related disciplines.

Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan

Author: Sondra Hale
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781498532136
Release Date: 2016-09-14
Genre: Political Science

This book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays studying the intersections of identities, mobilities, and technologies within the context of knowledge production in Sudan—one of the most conflict-ridden and socially diverse landscapes in the world. The essayists look at the effects of diverse technologies such as social media, mobile telephony, trains, and gold mining on the social and economic identities of one of the world’s most highly mobile populations.

Cultural Anthropology of the Middle East

Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004107452
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Architecture

During the last two decades, the number of anthropologists conducting research in the Middle East has increased considerably. Together they have produced an abundance of valuable studies, often based on prolonged periods of ethnographic fieldwork. "Cultural Anthropology of the Middle East. A Bibliography" offers a comprehensive survey of their results. The first volume, published in 1992, covered publications which appeared between 1965 and 1987. The second volume brings the bibliography further up to date, listing publications between 1988 and 1992, and adds some 260 titles which were published up through 1987. As in the first volume, the majority of the titles are annotated.


ISBN: STANFORD:36105017426714
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Anthropology


Author: M. W. Daly
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
ISBN: 1851091874
Release Date: 1992-01-01
Genre: Reference

The Middle East and Central Asia

Author: Dale F. Eickelman
ISBN: 0131230190
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Social Science

The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach, Third Edition, depicts the impact of global economic and political change in the Middle East and Central Asia against pervasive social and cultural continuities. The world-wide competition for vital resources - oil, water, and land - is set alongside the struggle for political and religious authority; volatile national, ethnic, and religious identities; rising educational levels; accelerated population growth and diminishing economic opportunities; shifting gender roles; and the personal, family, and communal ties through which the people of the Middle East render their day-to-day existence more stable and predictable.


ISBN: UOM:39015073111042
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Ethnology

The Middle East and Central Asia

Author: Dale F. Eickelman
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: STANFORD:36105110366700
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

Based on a synthesis of the extensive research of Middle Eastern and Western scholars, this lively anthropological introduction to the Middle East and Central Asia explores the socio-political complexities of those regions and introduces students to the questions that have been, and are being, developed by scholars and writers concerned with the two regions. The volume provides an anthropological introduction to the Middle East, and Central Asia including region, economy, and society, personal and family relationships, change in practical ideologies, the cultural order of complex societies, religion and experience and the shape of change. For individuals interested in an introduction to the Middle East and Central Asia.


ISBN: UOM:39015064547816
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Academic libraries