Morgan Clarke is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. An anthropologist of the Arabic-speaking Middle East, he has a particular interest in contemporary Islam, especially Islamic law and its relationship to positive law, secular ethics and the civil state. He undertook his doctoral work at Oxford and this was focused on Islamic bioethics, more specifically on assisted reproduction; it was published as Islam and New Kinship: Reproductive Technology and the Shariah in Lebanon (Berghahn, 2009). His fieldwork to date has been undertaken in Lebanon (2003-4, 2007-8), although he has developing interests in the Arab Gulf States. He continues to be interested in global medical, ethical and legal assemblages, and contributes to teaching in medical anthropology at Oxford. He has recently been awarded an Oxford-Princeton Collaborative Grant to work with Professor Mirjam Künkler of Princeton (Near Eastern Studies) on a project entitled Traditional Authority and Transnational Religious Networks in Contemporary Shi‘i Islam: Results from Recent Empirical Research.
His publications include ‘Integrity and commitment in the anthropology of Islam’, in M. Marsden and K. Retsikas (eds) Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds (Springer, 2013); ‘The judge as tragic hero: judicial ethics in Lebanon’s shari‘a courts’, American Ethnologist 39.1, 2012: 106-121; ‘Mutuality and immediacy between marja‘ and muqallid: evidence from male IVF patients in Shi‘i Lebanon’ (with Marcia Inhorn), International Journal of Middle East Studies 43.3, 2011: 409-427; and ‘Neo-calligraphy: religious authority and media technology in contemporary Shiite Islam’, Comparative Studies in Society and History 52.2, 2010: 351-383.