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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …