President, The American Institute for Yemeni Studies
online curriculum vitae
Said and the Unsaid.
"There is a lot of commentary available on Edward Said and
Orientalism, but nothing like this. Varisco has compiled a comprehensive,
critical overview of nearly everything that has been said on the topic.
The notes and bibliography alone are a significant contribution to
scholarship on Said and his work, but Varisco also uses his vast wealth
of sources as the basis for a devastating critique of Said's methodology
and conclusions - a critique that fairly acknowledges the beneficial
consequences of Orientalism and the issues it raises."
Robert Irwin, TLS, May 7, 2008; Anouar Majid, American Literary History, 21(3):633-646, 2009; Siegfried Kohlhammer, Merkur (Deutsches Zeitschrift f. europäisches Denken), 717:151-164, 2009; Carl Olson, The Review of Politics, 71(1):146-149, 2009; A. N. Isstaif, Journal of Islamic Studies 20(2):304-306, 2009; Khalid Haji, Al-Jazeera (aljazeera.net) 4/12/2008; Matthew Abraham, Logos, 8(2), 2009.
Islam Obscured: The Rhetoric of Anthropological Representation.
Society for the Anthropology of Religion Series. New York: Palgrave, 2005
Obscured Daniel Varisco offers a brilliant and nuanced
analysis of four influential anthropologists against the backdrop
of older, less field-based ethnographies of Muslim societies. His
penetrating critiques of the influential works of Clifford Geertz,
Ernest Gellner, Fatima Mernissi, and Akbar Ahmed lead to a probing
discussion of the challenges facing the anthropology of Islam in
the twenty-first century."
Timothy Daniels, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 25(2):123-125, Spring, 2008; Muhammad Talib, Journal of Islamic Studies, 18(2):254-257, 2007.
Manuscript of al-Malik al-Afdal: al-'Abbas b. 'Ali Dawud b. Yusuf
b. 'Umar b. 'Ali Ibn Rasul (d. 778/1377): A Medieval Arabic Anthology
from the Yemen. (Editor, with G. R.
Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.
and Islamic Science. The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan [Arabic
edition, English translation, commentary]. Seattle: University of
Washington Press, 1994. xv, 349 pp.
“This is a superb book. The author, an anthropologist by training, has all the right qualities for the task at hand: he has spent time in the field and knows Yemenis and their everyday life extremely well; he also has a first-class knowledge of Arabic, both spoken and literary, including an evident competence to handle difficult medieval MS materials; moreover, he has a real feeling for history and everything is placed in its appropriate historical context.” G. Rex Smith, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1995
“Varisco schöpft für diese Untersuchung einer spröden Textgattung aus profunder Kenntnis der Materie, die er nicht nur durch intensive Quellenstudien, sondern auch durch lange Forschungsaufenthalte im Jemen erworben hat.” Silke Ackerman, Historische Zeitschrift, 1996