David Edwards

James N. Lambert '39 Professor of Anthropology
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Hollander Hall Rm 326

Education

B.A. Princeton University (1975)
M.A. University of Michigan (1979)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Anthropology (1986)

Areas of Expertise

  • Documentary film & visual culture
  • Humanitarianism & post-conflict societies
  • Near East and South Asia

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ANTH 222 / REL 273 (F)

Heroes, Saints and Celebrity

ANTH 225

Visible Culture: Documentary and Nonfiction

ANTH 270

Object and Place/Memory and Nation

ANTH 299 / REL 274 (S)

Ritual, Power and Transgression

ANTH 335

In Between: The Ritual Construction of Identity and Difference

ANTH 347 / ASST 347

Tribe and State on the Afghan-Pakistan Border

ANSO 402 (S)

Senior Seminar

Current Committees

Committee on Academic Standing (2014-2015)

Scholarship/Creative Work

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS & DOCUMENTARIES

  • “Summoning Muslims: Print, Politics, and Religious Ideology in Afghanistan.” Journal of Asian Studies 53(3), 1993.
  • “Words in the Balance: The Poetics of Political Dissent in Afghanistan.” In: D. Eickelman, ed., Russia’s Muslim Frontiers, Indiana University Press, 1993.
  • “Afghanistan, Ethnography, and the New World Order.” Cultural Anthropology 9(3): 1-16, 1994.
  • Heroes of the Age: Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier (University of California Press, 1996).
  • “Learning from the Swat Pathans: Political Leadership in Afghanistan, 1978-97.” American Ethnologist, 1999.
  • Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad. (University of California Press; 2002)
  • “Print Islam: Media and Religious Revolution in Afghanistan.” In Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader, June Nash, ed. (Blackwell, 2005).
  • Kabul Transit (2006). DVD 2007, Bullfrog Films.