Dale F. Eickelman

|Research Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations (Emeritus)

  • Relationship Coordinator (Director), The Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Program

I am fascinated by how religion coupled with changing ideas of education and both traditional and innovational means of communication and persuasion come together in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to create new social forms. Another ongoing interest is the interplay between secrecy and publicity in religious movements, governments, universities, and everyday life.


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Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies


  • A.B. Dartmouth College
  • M.A. McGill University
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • Higher Education Investment in the Arab States of the Gulf: Strategies for Excellence and Diversity, ed. Dale F. Eickelman and Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf (Berlin: Gerlach Press, 2017)

  • Africa and the Gulf Region: Blurred Boundaries and Shifting Ties, ed. Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf and Dale F. Eickelman (Berlin: Gerlach Press, 2015)

  • “The Modern Face of Ibadism in Oman,” in On Ibadism, ed. Angeliki Ziyaka (Hildesheim and New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2014), pp. 151-63.

  • “Social Science under Siege: The Middle East.” In Serendipity in Anthropological Research: The Nomadic Turn, ed. Haim Hazan and Esther Herzog. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 213-27.

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Works In Progress

“Private Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa;” “Secrecy and Lying: Why Deception is Necessary in Human Societies” (under contract, Blackwell). “Memory in Morocco”