Julie Billaud University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, vii + 244 pp. Reviewed by Aatina Nasir Malik   Kabul Carnival by Julie Billaud underscores the phase of postwar reconstruction in Afghanistan by posing a challenge to the dominant ways in which Muslim societies and Muslim women are often studied. The book questions the appropriation of Afghan women by different regimes i.e. the modern […]

L.L. Wynn Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018, 248 pp. Reviewed by Margaret Morley In Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Egypt, L.L. Wynn makes important contributions to anthropological theories about gender, kinship, and the Middle East that are firmly grounded in ethnographic stories. Drawn from over a decade of research, Wynn theorizes about relationships and respectability through the love […]

Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai Marcia C. Inhorn Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015, 379 pp. Reviewed by Stacy Lee Lockerbie I have been following the work of Marcia C. Inhorn for several years and jumped at the opportunity to read and review her recent ethnography, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai. This is important work […]

Afghanistan Remembers:  Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices  Parin Dossa University of Toronto Press, Toronto 2014, 178 pp. Reviewed by Janet G. Brashler   It may strike some people as odd that an archaeologist specializing in North American archaeology was asked to review Parin Dossa’s book Afghanistan Remembers.  My interest in the book stems from teaching a course in […]

Days of Revolution: Political unrest in an Iranian village Mary Elaine Hegland Stanford, CA: Stanford U Press University of Toronto Press, 2014, 316 pp. Reviewed by Carol C. Mukhopadhyay Rarely do anthropologists conduct fieldwork during revolutions or detail how ordinary villagers create localized versions of broader, national political-economic transformations. Mary Hegland’s book does both, describing the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979 […]

Parin Dossa Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009 Reviewed by Onur Kovanci Dr. Parin Dossa, a Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, British Colombia treats her readers to another intriguing and insightful book after her first book, Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women in the Diaspora, published in 2004. Her new book entitled Racialized Bodies, Disabling […]

Parin Dossa, Canadian Scholars Press, 2004 Reviewed by Rose Wishall Ediger, graduate student in Anthropology at American University Interested in mental health and displacement, in Politics and Poetics of Migration Dossa focuses on Iranian women who moved to British Columbia in a wave of 47,000 post-revolution Iranian immigrants during the 1980s and 1990s (pp. 2, 17). These immigrants became “racialized […]

Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh,University of California Press, 2002 Reviewed by Anuradha Saxena As Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza move from revolutionary movement to statehood in their quest for national identity, Kanaaneh’s work provides a valuable insight into how, and in what contexts, ‘nation’, ‘modern’ ‘progressive’, ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’, amongst other notions of identity, are defined and negotiated by Palestinians […]