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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender: The Islamic Period: The Concept of Ethnicity

This module provides essays and lesson plans for teachers who want to introduce and explore the anthropological concept of ethnicity as a means of understanding modern Middle Eastern history, politics, and social organization. It includes the following essays:

"What is Ethnicity? What Role Does it Play?"

"What is the Relationship Between Ethnicity and ‘Asabiyyah?"

"What Is the Relationship Between Ethnicity and Religion?"

"Ethnicity, Territory, and Religion"

"How Does Migration Change the Makeup of the Middle East and Affect"

"Identity Formations?"

Islam and Ethnicity

Ethnicity in Modern Israel



The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Martin Stokes


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