Mundy, Martha

Professor Emeritus Martha Mundy  


Position held

Professor Emeritus in Anthropology


Experience keywords:

Arab world; agrarian systems; anthropology of Islam; anthropology; historical anthropology; kinship and family; legal anthropology

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Jordan; Lebanon; Palestine; Syria; Yemen


Arabic [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6242

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El Nour, Saker and Gharios, Cynthia and Mundy, Martha and Zurayk, Rami (2015) The right to the village? Concept and history in a village of South Lebanon Justice spatiale/Spatial Justice, 7. ISSN 2105-0392


Mundy, Martha and al-Hakimi, Amin and Pelat, Frédéric (2014) Neither security nor sovereignty: the political economy of food in Yemen In: Babar, Zahra and Mirgani, Suzi, (eds.) Food Security in the Middle East. Hurst Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 9781849043021


Mundy, Martha (2013) Ethics and politics in the law: on the forcible return of the cultivator In: Kenan, Seyfi, (ed.) Isam Papers Ottoman Thought - Ethics - Law - Philosophy - Kalam / Isam Konusmalari Osmanli Dusuncesi - Ahlak - Hukuk - Felsefe-kelam. Isam Publishing, Istanbul, Turkey, 51-75. ISBN 9786054829071

Mundy, Martha (2013) The importance of the tapu records for understanding the social and economic history of the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: North Jordan and South Lebanon In: Güney, D. and Yıldırır, M. and Kadıoğlu, S., (eds.) International Congress of The Ottoman Geopolitics Management of Cultural Archive Heritage and Role of Land Registry Archives. Korza Yayıncılık, Ankara, Turkey, 757-773.

Mundy, Martha (2013) Goody lecture: the solace of the past in the unspeakable present: the historical anthropology of the 'Near East'. In: The Goody Lecture 2013, 18 July 2013, Munich, Germany

Saumarez Smith, Richard and Mundy, Martha (2013) Modern devlet'e giden yolda mülk siyaseti osmanli suriyesi'nde hukuk yönetim ve Üretim Tarih Vakfi Yurt Yayinlari, Istanbul, Turkey. ISBN 9789753332965


Mundy, Martha (2010) Islamic law and the order of state In: Sluglett, Peter and Weber, Stefan, (eds.) Syria and Bilad Al-Sham Under Ottoman Rule: Essays in Honour of Abdul Karim Rafeq. The Ottoman empire and its heritage (43). Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 397-417. ISBN 9789004181939


Mundy, Martha and Smith, Richard Saumarez (2007) Governing property, making the modern state: law, administration and production in Ottoman Syria Library of Ottoman studies. I.B Tauris, London. ISBN 1845112911


Mundy, Martha and Pottage, R.A, eds (2004) Law, anthropology, and the constitution of the social: making persons and things Cambridge studies in law and society. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 0521539455

Mundy, Martha (2004) The state of property: late Ottoman Southern Syria (the Kaza Aclun, 1875 - 1918) In: Islamoglu, Huri, (ed.) Constituting Modernity: Private Property in the East and West. Islamic Mediterranean (5). I.B. Tauris, London, 214-247. ISBN 1860649963

Mundy, Martha (2004) Ownership or office? A debate in Islamic Hanafite jurisprudence over the nature of the military 'fief', from the Mamluks to the Ottomans In: Pottage, Alain and Mundy, Martha, (eds.) Law, Anthropology and the Constitution of the Social: Making Persons and Things. Cambridge Studies in Law and Society. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 142-165.


Mundy, Martha (2003) Al-mahr zaytuna: property and family in the hills facing Palestine (1880 - 1940) In: Doumani, Beshara, (ed.) Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property and Gender. SUNY series in the social and economic history of the Middle East. State University of New York Press, Albany, US, 113-150. ISBN 079145679X


Mundy, Martha (2002) Law and anthropology International library of essays in law and legal theory. Second series. Ashgate Pub Co, Aldershot, USA. ISBN 0754620824


Mundy, Martha and Musallam, Basim, eds (2000) The transformation of nomadic society University of Cambridge oriental publications. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521770576

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