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2020 Imagining Palestine’s Alter-Natives: Settler Colonialism and Museum Politics. Critical Inquiry 47 (Autumn): 127.
2020 The Courage of Truth: Making Anthropology Matter. Working Papers in Anthropology, Inaugural Anthropology Lecture, KU Leuven, Belgium, September 2019
2019 The Courage of Truth: Making Anthropology Matter. Working Papers, KU Leuven.
2018 Moods of Betrayal in the Story of Palestine. Public Books, July 18
2018 Palestine: Doing Things with Archives. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol 38:1, pp. 3-5.
2017 Commentary on “Ethnography as Knowledge in the Arab Region” Contemporary Levant2 (1): 67-70.
2016 The Cross-Publics of Ethnography: The Case of the “Muslimwoman.” American Ethnologist 43 (4): 595-608.
2016 The Values of Ethnography: An Afterword. Veiled Sentiments,
30thAnniversary Edition. University of California Press.
2016 Should we Act on Israel/Palestine, or Not?  Anthropology News OnlineMarch 24, 2016.
2016 For the Love of Cities and Books: Janet Abu-Lughod (1928-2013). Preface to Arab Cities edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi. Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.
2016 Buffeted by How Others See You. In Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora, edited by Yasir Suleiman. Edinburgh Press, 31-33.
2015 Introduction: The Politics of Feminist Politics. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East35:1.
2015 Review Symposium. Response to Reviews of Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Ethnicities 15 (5): 759-777.
2014 Taking Back the Village: Rural Youth in a Moral Revolution. Middle East Report272: 12-17.
2013 Authorizing Moral Crusades to Save Muslim Women. 
The Farhat J. Ziadeh Lecture in Arab and Islamic Studies, 2012. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
2013 Research on Muslim Women: Compelled by the World.
In Getting the Question Rights: Interdisciplinary Explorations at Makere University. Edited by Mahmood Mamdani. Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). Kampala, Uganda, pp. 75-96.
2012 Beyond the “Woman Question” in the Egyptian Revolution.  Lila Abu-Lughod and Rabab El Mahdi. News and Views.  Feminist Studies 37, No. 3:683-91.
2012 Living the “Revolution” in an Egyptian Village: Moral Action in a National Space.  AE Commentary. American Ethnologist. 39 (1):16-20.
2012 Pushing at the Door:My Father’s Political Education, and Mine. In SeekingPalestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home, ed. Penny Johnson and Reja Shehadeh. Delhi, India: Women Unlimited, pp. 43-61.
2011 A Kind of Kinship. Being There: Learning to Live Cross-Culturally, ed. Sarah Davis and Melvin Konner. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, pp. 8-21.
2011 Seductions of the “Honor Crime.”  Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 22 (1):17-63.
2010 Anthropology in the Territory of Rights, Human, Islamic, and Otherwise.  Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology. Proceedings of the British Academy Vol. 167: 225-62.
2010 Foreword, “Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel”, ed. Rhoda Kanaaneh and Isis Nuseir. Albany: SUNY Press, ix-xiii.
2010 “Against Universals: Dialects of (Women’s) Human Rights and Human Capabilities” In Rethinking the Human, ed. J. Michelle Molina, Don Swearer, and Susan Lloyd McGarry, pp. 69-93. Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School. Harvard University Press.
2010 The Active Social Life of “Muslim Women’s Rights”: A Plea for Ethnography, not Polemic, with Cases from Egypt and Palestine.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 6 (1), Winter: 1-45.
2009 Dialects of Women’s Empowerment: The International Circuitry of the Arab Human Development Report. International Journal of Middle East Studies 41,no. 1 (2009) February 83-103.
2007 “Return to Half-Ruins: Fathers and Daughters, Memory and History in Palestine,” in Rites of Return, edited by Marianne Hirsch and Nancy Miller, Columbia University Press, 2011, 124-136.
2007 Introduction: The Claims of Memory. With Ahmad H. Sa’di.  In Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and the Claims of Memory, edited by Ahmad H. Sa’di and Lila Abu Lughod.  New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 1-24.
2006 The Debate about Gender, Religion, and Rights: Thoughts of a Middle East Anthropologist. Publications of the Modern Language Association, 121 (5): 1621-30.
2006 The Power of Images and the Dangers of Pity on
2005 About Politics, Palestine, and Friendship: A Letter to Edward from Egypt. Critical Inquiry. Winter 31 (2): 381-88.
2005 On- and Off-Camera in Egyptian Soap Operas: Women, Television, and the Public Sphere. On Shifting Ground:  Muslim Women in the Global Era, edited by Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone. New York: The Feminist Press, pp. 17-35. 2ndedition 2014.
2005 Women, Gender and Modesty Discourses: Overview. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Vol. 2. Leiden: Brill, pp. 494-98.
2004 Ethnography in/of Nations. General Anthropology10 (2), Spring 2004:1-4.
2003 Asserting the Local as National in the Face of the Global: The Ambivalence of Authenticity in Egyptian Soap Opera. In Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World: Recasting the Area Studies Debate, edited by Ali Mirsepassi, Amrita Basu, and Frederick Weaver. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, pp.101-127.
2002 Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?: Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others. American Anthropologist104 (3): 783-790.
2002 “Egyptian Melodrama—Technology of the Modern Subject?”  In Media Worlds, edited by Faye Ginsburg, Lila Abu-Lughod, and Brian Larkin. Berkeley: University of California Press. 115-33.
2001 Orientalism and Middle East Feminist Studies: A Review Essay.  Feminist Studies 27 (1): 101-13.
2001 My Father’s Return to Palestine. Jerusalem Quarterly File, Summer 2001.
2000 Modern Subjects: Egyptian Melodrama and Postcolonial Difference. In Questions of Modernity, edited by Timothy Mitchell. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 87-114.
2000 Women on Women: Television Feminism and Village Lives.  In Women and Power in the Middle East, edited by Susan Slyomovics and Suad Joseph. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
2000 Locating Ethnography.  Ethnography1 (2):261-267.
1999 Comment on “Writing for Culture” by Christoph Brumann. Current Anthropology 40, Special Supplement on “Culture–A Second Chance?” February, pp. S13‑15.
1998 Contentious Theoretical Issues: Third World Feminisms and Identity Politics. Women’s Studies Quarterly 26 (3 &4): 25-29.
1998 On Photographs, Fieldnotes, and Participant-Observation. Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics 3:34-41.
1998 Television and the Virtues of Education: Upper Egyptian Encounters with State Culture. In Directions of Change in Rural Egypt, edited by Nicholas Hopkins and Kirsten Westergaard. American University in Cairo Press, pp.147-165.
1997 The Interpretation of Culture(s) After Television. Representations 59: 109-134.
1995 Movie Stars and Islamic Moralism in Egypt. Social Text 42:53‑67.
1995 The Objects of Soap Opera: Egyptian Television and the Cultural Politics of Modernity. In Worlds Apart: Modernity Through the Prism of the Local, edited by Daniel Miller, pp.190‑210. ASA Decennial Conference Series. London: Routledge.
1995 A Tale of Two Pregnancies. In Women Writing Culture, edited by Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon, pp. 339‑349. Berkeley: University of California Press
1995 “Our Blood will Plant its Olive Tree.” Foreword to Second Life: A West Bank Memoir by Janet Varner Gunn. University of Minnesota Press.
1993 Finding a Place for Islam: Egyptian Television Serials and the National Interest. Public Culture 5(3): 493‑513.
1993 Islam and the Gendered Discourses of Death. International Journal of Middle East Studies 25(2):187‑205.
1993 Migdim: Egyptian Bedouin Matriarch.  In Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East, edited by Edmund Burke III, pp. 271‑289.  Berkeley: University of California Press.
1993 Sad Songs of the Western Desert.  In Everyday Life in the Contemporary Middle East, edited by Donna Lee Bowen and Evelyn Early, pp.281‑286. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.  1st, 2ndand 3rdeditions.
1991 Writing Against Culture.  In Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present, edited by Richard Fox, pp. 137‑162. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.
1990 Can There Be a Feminist Ethnography?  Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, 5 (1) #9:7‑27.
1990 Introduction: Emotion, Discourse, and the Politics of Everyday Life (with Catherine Lutz). In Language and the Politics of Emotion, edited by C. Lutz and L. Abu‑Lughod.
New York: Cambridge University Press.
1990 Shifting Politics in Bedouin Love Poetry.  In Language and the Politics of Emotion, edited by C. Lutz and L. Abu‑Lughod, pp. 24‑45.
1990 The Romance of Resistance: Tracing Transformations of Power Through Bedouin Women. American Ethnologist 17:41‑55.
1989 Zones of Theory in the Anthropology of the Arab World.  Annual Review of Anthropology 18:267‑306.
1988 Fieldwork of a Dutiful Daughter.  In Arab Women in the Field: Studying Your Own Society, edited by Soraya Altorki and Camillia El‑Solh, pp. 139‑161. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
1988 Paul Riesman: An Appreciation.  Anthropology Newsletter 29 (6): 12‑13.
1987 Bedouin Blues. Natural History96 (7): 24‑33.
1985 Honor and the Sentiments of Loss in a Bedouin Society. American Ethnologist 12 (2): 245‑261. (Recipient of the Stirling Award).
1985 A Community of Secrets: The Separate World of Bedouin Women. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society10 (4): 637‑657.