Anthropology in the Territory of Rights, Islamic, Human, and Otherwise…

Lila Abu-Lughod

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Anthropology in the Territory of Rights, Islamic, Human, and Otherwise…

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the anthropology in the territory of rights given at the British Academy's 2009 Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology. This text discusses the transnational initiatives for Muslim women's rights and the everyday lives of some village women in Egypt and argues that anthropologists can provide critical insight into the limits and politics of global discourses on rights. It suggests that anthropologists should intervene into the worlds of power that authorise, shape, and naturalise rights work and the understandings of human social life to which it gives rise.

Keywords: territory of rights; anthropology; Muslim women's rights; social life; Egypt

Chapter.  17133 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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