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Philip Carl Salzman

Philip Carl Salzman

Philip Carl Salzman served as professor of anthropology at McGill University from 1968 to 2018. He is the author of Culture and Conflict in the Middle East; the founding chair of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences; the founding editor of Nomadic Peoples; and the author of Black Tents of Baluchistan; Pastoralism: Equality, Hierarchy, and the State; Thinking Anthropologically, Culture and Conflict in the Middle East; and Understanding Culture.

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Philip Carl Salzman: President Obama speaks to Iran

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/03/president-obama-speaks-to-iran/ . President Obama used the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, to reach out to the Iranian people and the government of the Islamic Republic, promising a new start and relations based on mutual respect. The President stressed…

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Philip Carl Salzman: Is Peace Normal?

In Israel, there is a political lobby group called “Peace Now,” as if peace were a circumstance that could be brought into being by the political will of one party. The same sentiment was expressed, somewhat less arrogantly, by Israel’s…

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Philip Carl Salzman: Self-induced Nakba

http://sandbox.blog-city.com/self_induced_nakba.htm This is a guest post contributed by Philip Carl Salzman, professor of anthropology at McGill University. The greatest Middle Eastern success in public relations opinion-shaping in the last forty years has been the Palestinian self-definition of themselves as a…

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Philip Carl Salzman: Anthropology and Strategic Studies

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2008/09/anthropology_and_strategic_studies/ There is one central lesson that cultural anthropology has to offer. It is the lesson of Franz Boas, who founded American anthropology, of his students Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, and of their intellectual descendants, such as Clifford Geertz,…

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Philip Carl Salzman: The Rules of War

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2008/05/the_rules_of_war/ Let us imagine (in the style of political philosophers) that a small country, for illustration let’s say Paraguay, is deemed by its neighbors to be a usurper and illegitimate. Further, that on numerous occasions, Uruguay to the southeast, Bolivia…

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Philip Carl Salzman: Clashes in Beirut

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2008/05/clashes_in_beirut/ After modest initiatives in recent days by the Lebanese government to restrict the independent operations of Hezbollah, fighters of Hezbollah and Amal flooded into the streets of west Beirut, attacked and dispersed government fighters, set up road blocks, and…

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