Brings together contributions from students of the Middle East and academics from the fields of history and anthropology. The volume grew out of a conference of tribes and state formation sponsored by Harvard and M.I.T. in November 1987.
Introduction - Tribes and the Complexities of State Formation in the Middle East, Philip S. Khoury and Joseph Kostiner. PART I Historical, anthropological, methodological, and comparative perspectives: Tribes and State Formation in Islamic History, Ira M. Lapidus; Anthropologists, Historians, and Tribespeople on Tribe and State Formation in the Middle East, Richard Tapper; Anthropological Theories of Tribe and State Formation in the Middle East - Ideology and the Semiotics of Power, Steven C Caton; Tribalism and the State in the Middle East, Ernest Gellner; The Simultaneity of the Unsimultaneous - Old Tribes and Imposed Nation-States in the Modern Middle East, Bassam Tibi; Tribe and State Relations - The Inner Asian Perspective, Thomas J. Barlield. Part 2 Middle Eastern case studies: Tribes and the-State in 19th- and 20th-century Iran, Lois Beck; Transforming Dualities - Tribe and State Formation in Saudi Arabia, Joseph Kostiner; Imams and Tribes - The Writing and Acting of History, in Upper Yemen, Paul Dresch; Tribe and State - Libyan Anomalies, Lisa Anderson. Conclusion - Tribes and States in Islamic History. Albert Hourani. INDEX.