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'How To Think Like An Anthropologist' — And Why You Should Want To

In step with Matthew Engelke's book published Tuesday, Barbara J. King says thinking anthropologically has never been more critical than in today's world, where assumptions are made and shared widely.
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Civilization originated in the Fertile Crescent region, including parts of modern-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. That's the lesson most of us learned in school.

In it, civilization is used in a highly positive way to refer to the rise of city-states and the development of writing around the 4th millennium B.C.

But today, is an idea too often used against people living in that area of the world, sociocultural anthropologist explains in his new book Engelke quotes, as an example, a U.S. Army colonel who, in conjunction with the war on terror, : "In Western Iraq, it's like it was six centuries ago with the Bedouins

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