Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

ISBN-10: 0136564895
ISBN-13: 9780136564898
Edition: 2nd 2001
List price: $116.00
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Description: This book provides readers with a topical, social-anthropological introduction to the Middle East. It synthesizes historical, ethnographic, and socioeconomic data within a social science framework., and places in proper context the region's  More...

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Book details

List price: $116.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/6/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 329
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

This book provides readers with a topical, social-anthropological introduction to the Middle East. It synthesizes historical, ethnographic, and socioeconomic data within a social science framework., and places in proper context the region's distinctive “way of life”which has always been at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations. Comprehensive and straightforward coverage includes distinctive theoretical forms without the use of social science jargon.. Chapter topics include the prophet, religion, identity, and culture of Islam; communal identities and ethnic groups; pastoralism and nomadic society; agriculture and the changing village; cities and urban life; women and the social order; leadership, patronage, and tribalism as local organizations of power; and challenges and dilemmas facing the Middle East today. For individuals who want to explore problems, patterns, and cultural processes of the area known as the “central Middle East.”

The Setting: Human Geography and Historical Background
Islam: The Prophet and the Religion
Islam as Identity, Islam as Culture
Communal Identities and Ethnic Groups
Pastoralism and Nomadic Society
Agriculture and the Changing Village
Cities and Urban Life
Kinship, Marriage, and the Family
Women and the Social Order
Local Organization of Power: Leadership, Patronage, and Tribalism
Challenges and Dilemmas: The Middle East Today
Glossary
References
Photo Credits
Index

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