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Instructor Info:Leyla Keough
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105

            The images of brave youth challenging authoritarian power in the “Arab Spring” has proven inspirational -- and even contagious – around the world. In this course, we will question various forms of power in the Muslim Middle East. In particular, we will look at the power of colonialism, orientalism, globalization, class, nationalism, Islam and gender. Anthropology sheds light on issues of power by illuminating how it works on-the-ground -- how authority is constructed, maintained, challenged, and reproduced in various ways. Our interests lie in the practices of power in everyday lives, revealed through the careful ethnographic study of particular processes in specific contexts. We thus will spend a good part of the course closely and critically reading and discussing a number of contemporary ethnographies of the Middle East. Throughout the course, we also will take time to track the politics of the “Arab spring” as they shift and are contested. In the end, I hope you will acquire an appreciation of the value of the anthropological perspective for understanding power in the Middle East and beyond and gain an understanding of some of the most pressing issues facing this area after the “Arab Spring.”

Additional Info:

Dr. Leyla Keough

Office: FPH 228

Mailbox: Critical Social Inquiry Office FPH 218

Office hours: Tue after class and by appointment