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When It’s Time to Vote, Don’t Boycott Academics – Cut the Purse-strings

Editor’s note: We received this letter, signed by the authors listed above and by nine anonymous authors, as a reply to our earlier Debate Forum.

After far too long a moratorium on reasoned debate, a terrible dam first cracked, then crumbled. Certainly the current sturm und drang about American academics’ relationship to the ever more disastrous situation in Israel/Palestine is …

Books

Christopher Dole’s Healing Secular Life

Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey

By Christopher Dole

 

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012, 291 pp.

 

Healing Secular Life is a study of the organizing force of secularism in contemporary Turkish life. Dole’s ethnographic entry is the practice of religious healing; specifically, the socially ambiguous work of two kinds of religious healer, the evliya or …

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Sherine Hamdy’s Our Bodies Belong to God

Our Bodies Belong to God:
Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt

By Sherine Hamdy

University of California Press, 2012
Paperback, 370 pages
US $29.95

In Our Bodies Belong to God, Sherine Hamdy tackles the complex issues surrounding the debate on organ transplantation in Egypt; demonstrating the play of legislative, religious, biomedical and cultural frameworks …

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An interview with Marcia Inhorn

Marcia Inhorn is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs and Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She is the author of three books on infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in the Middle East: Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion, and
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Political subjectivity – in action

This article is part of the series:

I want to leave a quick note for any and all of the friends who had started to get engaged with my earlier postings on the theme of political subjectivity, both to apologize for having disappeared, and to give a quick explanation.

I am definitely very interested in continuing that thread and will be back, hopefully before long, to continue …

In the Journals

In the journals

A brief update on journal articles and special issues of potential interest to our readers:

The latest issue of Anthropological Quarterly includes two interesting special sections: “From inscription to incorporation: the body in literacy studies” and “Technoscience in Islamic societies.” While the print version of this issue is out, it is not yet available in electronic form on the journal’s …