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Beyond Exception: New Interpretations of the Arabian Peninsula

Ahmed Kanna, Amélie Le Renard, and Neha Vora


Over nearly two decades during which they have each been conducting fieldwork in the Arabian Peninsula, the authors have regularly encountered exoticizing and exceptionalist discourses about the region and its people, political systems, and prevalent cultural practices. These persistent encounters became the springboard for the book, a reflection on conducting fieldwork within a “field” that is marked by such representations. The book's focus is on deconstructing the exceptionalist representations that circulate about the Arabian Peninsula. It analyzes what exceptionalism does, how it is used ... More

Keywords: Arabian Peninsula, fieldwork, exceptionalism, Middle East, postcolonial society, global capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750298
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ahmed Kanna, author
University of the Pacific

Amélie Le Renard, author
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Neha Vora, author
Lafayette College

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