Lawrence Rosen (anthropologist)

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Lawrence Rosen (born 1941) is an American anthropologist and scholar of law.

Rosen earned his B.A. at Brandeis University in 1963, his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1968, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1974.[1] In 1981 he became one of the first generation of MacArthur Fellows. He is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia University.[2]


  • Law as Culture: An Invitation Princeton University Press, 2008
  • The Anthropology of Justice: Law as Culture in Islamic Society, Cambridge University Press, 1989
  • Bargaining for Reality: The Construction of Social Relations in a Muslim Community, University of Chicago Press, 1984
  • Varieties of Muslim Experience: Encounters with Arab Political and Cultural Life, University of Chicago Press, 2008
  • The Justice of Islam: Comparative Perspectives on Islamic Law and Society, Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Meaning and Order in Moroccan Society: Three Essays in Cultural Analysis, (with C. and H. Geertz)Cambridge University Press, 1979
  • The Culture of Islam: Changing Aspects of Contemporary Muslim Life, University of Chicago Press, 2004


  1. ^ Princeton University, Department of Anthropology Faculty List, accessed 24 October 2010
  2. ^ Woodrow Wilson Center, Fellows Biography for Lawrence Rosen, accessed 24 October 2010