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The Global Kaffiyya Craze

A paper presented by Ted Swedenburg, Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas. Part of the one-day conference "How East Meets West Today: Economies and Cultures of the Middle East in a Global Era."

By tradition, and especially after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Middle East is portrayed as distinct and apart from the rest of the world, especially the West. But the region is more closely tied to the world than ever before: What happens there affects what happens here, and vice versa. This is most obvious in the domain of war and peace, but it is also true on the level of economics and culture.  This one-day conference will consider the interconnectedness of the Middle East with the rest of the world, and particularly the West, in the context of globalization and global crisis in the 21st century.

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