Ahmed Al-Shahi


Research Fellow, St Antony's College 

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / St Antony's College




Research Interests:

Social anthropology, with regional interest in Sudan and the Middle East. Topics of interest: economic and social development, social differentiation, sectarian politics, oral literature, Gulf Shaikhdoms and Middle East and North Sfrican immigrants in Europe

Current Projects:

  • An anthropological monograph on a community in northern Sudan
  • Analysis of the oral traditions of nomads in northern Sudan
  • Letters from the Gulf Shaikhdoms by Peter Lienhardt

Courses Taught:

  • Middle East Anthropology
  • Arab popular culture

Recent Publications:

  • Themes from northern Sudan, Ithaca Press, London 1986.
  • (editor), The diversity of the Muslim community, Ithaca Press, London 1987
  • (editor), Disorientations: a society in flux. Kuwait in the 1950s, by Peter Lienhardt, Ithaca Press, Reading 1993
  • (co-editor), Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 28/1 (1997). Special issue in memory of Godfrey Lienhardt
  • (editor), Shaikhdoms of Eastern Arabia, by Peter Lienhardt, Palgrave/ MacMillan, St Antony's College Series, Basingstoke, 2001
  • (co-editor), Middle East and North African Immigrants in Europe, Routledge, London and New York, 2005

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