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Carol Lowery Delaney Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies [ Inactive ]

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Sacrificial Heroics: The Story of Abraham in the Justification of War. Forthcoming, 2006. The Just War and Jihad: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, edited by R. Joseph Hoffman. NY: Prometheus Press.

Columbus's Ultimate Goal: Jerusalem. April, 2006 in Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Turk Toplumunda Sacin Anlami, in Sac Kitabi, Emine Gursoy-Naskali(ed), Kirmiz Yayincilik, Istanbul 2004

Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology. Blackwell Publishers. December 2003 in UK; January 2004 in US. Contract signed, 12/2005 for Second Edition.

"Gender and Anthropology." Encyclopedia Britannica. 2003

"Why Do We Have to Read Freud?" In Teaching Freud in Religious Studies. Diane Jonte-Pace (ed.), Oxford University Press. 2002

Tohum ve Toprak (2001) Turkish translation, of The Seed and the Soil, with new introductory essay, "Twenty Years Later." Istanbul: IletisimYayinlari.

"Making Babies in a Turkish Village." In A World of Babies, Alma Gottlieb and Judy DeLoache (eds), Cambridge University Press. May 2000.

"Sobre la naturalitzacio d'un poder : la teoria de la procreacio en termes de la llavor i la terra." In Antropologia del parentiu: La diversitat cultural de les relacions familiars. Xavier Roige, Adela Garcia, Mireia Mascarell (eds). Barcelona: Icaria Antropologia, 1999

"Abraham and the Seeds of Patriarchy." In A Feminist Companion to Genesis, edited by Athalya Brenner, E. J. Brill, 1998.

Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth. (1998) Princeton: Princeton University Press. Finalist for National Jewish Book Award [category: Scholarship]; also a special mention for Victor Turner Prize of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. Published in paperback, Fall 2000.

"Father State (Devlet Baba), Motherland (Anavatan) and the Birth of Modern Turkey. In Naturalizing Power, see above, 1995.

Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis (1995) co-edited with Sylvia Yanagisako and with extensive introduction. New York: Routledge Press.

"Untangling the Meanings of Hair in Turkish Society". Anthropological Quarterly, 67(4): 159-72, 1994. Reprinted [with some changes] in Off With Her Head: The Denial of Women's Identity in Myth, Religion and Culture. (eds.) Howard Eilberg-Schwartz and Wendy Doniger. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

"Traditional Modes of Authority and Cooperation: Effects on Turkish Village Economy". In Culture and Economy: Changes in Turkish Villages, (ed.) Paul Stirling. Cambridge, ENG: Eothen Press, Fall 1993.

The Seed and The Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society. Berkeley: University of California Press. December 1991.

The Hajj: Sacred and Secular" American Ethnologist. August 1990.

"Participant-Observation: The Razor's Edge", in Dialectical Anthropology, Vol 3 (3) 1989.

"Mortal Flow: Menstruation in Turkish Village Society." In Blood Magic: Explorations in the Anthropology of Menstruation. Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb (eds). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

and Change, edited by Sabri M. Akural. Bloomington: Indiana Turkish Studies, #6, 1987.

"Seeds of Honor, Fields of Shame", in Honor and Shame and the Unity of the Mediterranean, edited by David Gilmore. Special volume #22, American Anthropological Association, 1987.

"The Meaning of Paternity and the Virgin Birth Debate", Man, 21:3, September 1986.

"Symbols of Procreation: Implications for Educators and Population Planners." First International Conference on Turkic Studies, Bloomington IN, May 1983. In Turkic Culture: Continuity

"The Legacy of Abraham." In Beyond Androcentrism: New Essays on Women and Religion, edited by Rita Gross, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1977.

"The Rise and Demise of Village Life in Turkey." In Bilanco 1923-1999: Turkiye Cumhuriyeti'nin 75 yilina toplu bakis. Uluslararasi Kongresi. Istanbul: Turkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfi, Summer 1999

"Cutting the Ties that Bind: The Sacrifice of Abraham and Patriarchal Kinship." In Relative Values: Reconfigure

Columbus: The First American Ethnographer. Under review, American Ethnologist

Columbus as Subject of and Model for library research: journey to another world. Under review at Anthropology and Humanism.

research overview

My interests focus on the symbolic intersections of gender and religion, and more recently in the apocalyptic aspects of fundamentalist religious views.

research statement

My original fieldwork, conducted in a Turkish village, explored the intertwined relationship of gender and religion through a theory of procreation and resulted in The Seed and The Soil (1991). My next project explored this theory in the Biblical and Qur'anic texts, focusing on the foundation story in the monotheistic religions, of Abraham and the sacrifice of the child ( Abraham on Trial: the Social Legacy of Biblical Myth , 1998). My current project is exploring Columbus's apocalyptic religious beliefs. A programmatic article, "Columbus's Ultimate Goal: Jerusalem" was published in Comparative Studies in Society and History . In addition, I have written Investigating Culture , based on the pedagogy of a freshman seminar I developed that utilizes the experience of entering the university as an analogy to that of anthropologists entering another culture, helping students become aware of the constructed nature of culture.

funded research

2004 National Endowment for the Humanities, John Carter Brown Library (for 2004-5)

2002 Summer Grant, Book Research (Provost's Office)

1999 IIS, summer research, Turkey

1996-97 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford

1995 Ford Foundation [Stanford] travel/research in Europe [Summer]

1992-93 Harvard University, Research Fellowship on Gender and Religion, Divinity School

1990 Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellowship - study trip to Iraq and United Arab Emirates

1990 Ford Foundation Initiative for Undergraduate Education in a Global Context [Spring]

1990 IIS Hewlett Fund [Spring]

1989-90 Stanford Humanities Center, Fellow

1986 Institute for Intercultural Studies (Turkey) [Summer]

1984-85 Fulbright Advanced Research Fellowship (Belgium)

1981-82 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship (Turkey)

1981-82 National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant

1980-81 American Research Institute in Turkey

1979-80 Fulbright Cultural Exchange Scholar (Turkey)

1975 American Schools of Oriental Research Travel Grant Summer (Turkey)