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Novel research with a literary, anthropological approach is a new approach to studying literary works. So far, literary anthropology has been widely used to study myths and folklore. The research of the novel Negeri 5 Menara by Ahmad Fuadi with a literary, anthropological approach aims to describe (1) Ahmad Fuadi's socio-historical background, (2) character education values, and (3) Islamic boarding school culture. This study used a qualitative method with a literary, anthropological approach. This research’s data consisted of sentences and paragraphs sourced from the novel Negeri 5 Menara by Ahmad Fuadi. Data collection techniques employed non-interactive techniques with content analysis methods, collecting, recording, and analyzing all data in the form of quotes. The data validity utilized data triangulation techniques. The data were then analyzed with a symbol coding technique to record symbols or messages systematically and then give interpretations. This study’s results revealed that (1) the novel Negeri 5 Menara by Ahmad Fuadi is based on Ahmad Fuadi's socio-historical background, namely from Maninjau. (2) The character education values in the novel include moral values, comprising independence, hard work, and responsibility. Religious values include carrying out God's commands and staying away from the prohibitions. Meanwhile, the social value is interpersonal between humans. (3) The Islamic boarding school culture contained in the novel includes the culture of a 24-hour education system, discipline, deepening Islamic religious knowledge, exemplary, independent, and diligent worship.