Do Muslim Women Need Saving?
Harvard University Press, 2013.
Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt
Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.(American Ethnological Society Senior Book Prize, 2007)
Other English Editions: American University in Cairo Press, 2005.

Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Stories
University of California Press, 1993 (Victor Turner Prize, 1994). Fifteenth Anniversary Edition with new preface, 2008.

Veiled Sentiments 2016 cover
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
University of California Press, 1986  (IUAES Silver Medal; Chicago Folklore Prize, honorable mention). Second edition, updated with a new preface, 2000. 
30thAnniversary Edition, with a new Afterword, September 2016.

Other English Editions: American University in Cairo Press, 1987.

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Local Contexts of Islamism in Popular Media. Amsterdam University Press, Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World Papers. 2006.  

Edited Books

Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and the Claims of Memory
Co-edited with Ahmad H. Sa`di.
Columbia University Press. The Cultures of History Series, 2007.

Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain
Co-edited with Faye Ginsburg and Brian Larkin.
University of California Press, 2002.


Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East
Princeton University Press, Series in Culture/Power/History, 1998.
Other English Editions: American University in Cairo Press, 1998.

Language and the Politics of Emotion
Co‑edited with C. Lutz.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

The Politics of Feminist Politics
Special forum: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 35:1,
December 2015.
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Women’s Rights, Muslim Family Law, and the Politics of Consent
Co-edited with Anupama Rao.  SOCIALDIFFERENCE-ONLINE, Vol. 1,
December 2011.

First Find Your Child a Good Mother: The Construction of Self in Two African Communities
by Paul Riesman (edited by David Szanton, Lila Abu‑Lughod, Sharon Hutchinson, Paul Stoller, and Carol Trosset).  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press 1992.

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Screening Politics in a World of Nations . Guest Editor, Public Culture, 5(3): 465‑604 1993.