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.
Explores a variety of themes raised by an anthropological approach to Central Asia and the Middle East including how Islam and other religions are understood as global movements and in local manifestations; how Islam shapes and is shaped by wider currents in Muslim society; how personal and collective identities are asserted within the context of overlapping linguistic, ethnic, national, kin, gender, and class distinctions; the social and cultural impact of developments such as massive labor emigration from poorer countries; the accrual of oil and mineral wealth to other countries; agricultural innovation, urbanization, and competition over scarce resources; and finally changing interpretations of Middle Eastern society and cultures by Westerners and Middle Easterners themselves. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.