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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM232: Theorising the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:

Abu-Lughod, Lila (1989) ‘Zones of Theory in the Anthropology of the Arab World,’ Annual Review of Anthropology 18: 267-206.

Anderson, Benedict (1991) Imagined Communities. London: Verso.

Appadurai, Arian (1996) Modernity at Large. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Beblawi, Hazem and Giacomo Luciani (1987) The Rentier State. New York: Croom Helm.

Davis, John (1988) Libyan Politics. Tribes and Revolution. Oakland: University of California Press.

Eickelman, Dale (1998) The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Fraser, Nancy (1989) Unruly Practices. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Gause, Gregory (2000) ‘The Persistence of Monarchy in the Arabian Peninsula: A Comparative Analysis,’ in Joseph Kostiner (ed.), Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.

Gershoni, Israel and James Jankowski (2009), Confronting Fascism in Egypt: Dictatorship versus Democracy in the 1930s. Stanford: University of Stanford Press.

Göçek, Fatma Müge and Shiva Balaghi (eds) (1995) Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East: Tradition, Identity and Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Habermas, Jurgen (1981) The Theory of Communicative Action. Boston: Beacon Press.

Khalidi, Rashid (1991), ‘Arab Nationalism: Historical Problems in the Literature’, The American Historical Review 96(5): 1363-1373.

Roy, Olivier (1994) ‘Patronage and Solidarity Groups: survival or reformation?,’, in Ghassan Salame (ed.), Democracy Without Democrats. London: I.B. Taurus.

Said, Edward (1978) Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books.

Salame, Ghassan (1990) "‘Strong’ and ‘Weak’ States: A Qualified Return to the Muqaddimah" in Giacomo Luciani (ed.). The Arab State. London: Routledge.