Buy New
$28.02
Qty:1
  • List Price: $31.95
  • Save: $3.93 (12%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society, Paperback – January 2, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0520224735 ISBN-10: 9780520224735 Edition: Updated

Buy New
Price: $28.02
34 New from $8.99 112 Used from $4.00
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$28.02
$8.99 $4.00

Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student



Frequently Bought Together

Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society, + In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) + The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
Price for all three: $63.44

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on the current pick, "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Marja Mills.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Updated edition (January 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780520224735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520224735
  • ASIN: 0520224736
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A fascinating, fresh interpretation of the mechanics of the twin codes of Bedouin behavior: the 'code of honor' against which 'real men' are tested and the 'code of modesty' which [Abu-Lughod] sees as a means for those falling short of 'real manhood,' whether men or women, to attain moral worth. The argument is compelling--it makes sense of honor killings, the veiling of women and a seemingly excessive sexual modesty. There is a certain excitement here, as the pieces of the puzzle fall into place." -- Inea Bushnaq, New York Times Book Review

"[A] brilliant study of moral constraint and personal expression . . . detailed, immediate, and superbly composed." -- Clifford Geertz, American Ethnologist

From the Inside Flap

"A truly extraordinary book--beautifully and modestly written, remarkably insightful, consistently compelling." —Edward Said, author of Out of Place: A Memoir

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 14 customer reviews
I love that they tell stories through poetry.
Ricardo Francis
In this well structured and organized ethnography, Lila examins the honour and poetry amongst the Awlad 'Ali and how if it affects their daily lives.
F-f-frozen Never Land / Little Stinkers
I was simply stunned at the quality of her writing and the flow of her prose.
Robert E. Cook

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "hannah1350n" on June 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best ethnographies I've come across. The author's ability to see beyond the stereotypes and catch-phrases surrounding "veiled" women is astounding.
Abu-Lughod is capable of insight I believe dozens of modern anthropologists and social scientists have yet to discover...and her direct look at the way that power is manifested through alternative forms and agendas is matchless. In particular, her dicussion of the way in which women's modes of power work outside of the more studied realms reveals that resistance has a history and discourse all its own.
This book is definitely an excellent answer to those who want to view Islamic women as voiceless. And though the author attempts to show aspects of silence and veiling as manifestations of cultural distinction and identity, she is also quick to note in later chapters that it is Western influences that manage to increasingly isolate the veiled woman and reduce her realm of influence.
Provacative and intense, Abu-Lughod also has a touch of the poet in her, and this book reads easily. She wraps each intellectual argument in a thick blanket of anecdote and conversation, helping the reader create his/her own conclusions.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AA on September 24, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Lila Abu Lughod, an Arab American woman, lived among the Awlad Ali tribes of the North West of Egypt for two years. Veiled Sentiments is the book she wrote on the lives and poetry of Awlad Ali. Abu Lughod field work was clearly not carried out from a "superior" stance; she sympathized with her subjects and dealt with them as equal human beings rather than inferior specimen or cultures. Abu Lughod attitude, intelligence, training and tremendous analystical ability helped her in developing great insight and understanding of this fascinating culture.

Abu Lughod analysis of concepts such as "hishma" was truly incisive and shed a great deal of light on the nature of modesty between women and men and amongst men and women. The analysis seems to explain behaviors and norms witnessed elsewhere in Egypt and indeed other parts of the Middle East.

An important thesis of Abu Lughod is that the Awlad Ali people often communicated in very conservative and modest way directly through words; they only said what was proper and fitted the norms. Yet a second mode of communication far more true and expressive was found in their little songs or poems.

Abu Lughod discussed gender relation amongst Awlad Ali at length and the relationship between women and the families of their husbands and the society at large. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. For an excellent work on veiling and gender issues, I would recommend Leila Ahmed's Women & Gender in Islam.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewers. It was the best ethnography I can remember reading. What struck a chord with me was her description and explanation of the women's submission to the men, that the submissiveness was valuable only when it was voluntarily given. The idea of women being submissive to men is not only Islamic, but exists also in Christianity.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Howard-Johnson VINE VOICE on January 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Veiled Sentiments" is academic. It is the outcome of the author's living in a Bedouin community in northern Egypt (the Western Desert) for two years, a feat of no mean proportions.
Lila Abu-Lughod came to a deep understanding of such aspects of the culture as blood ties, veiling and poetry not only because of her talent and training but also because she has ties to that culture. She calls academics like herself "halfies" because they belong both "inside and outside the communities they write about." She realizes that such a situation benefits them in terms of gathering knowledge within close cultures.
The veiling of women (or rather women's veiling of themselves) is an important topic because of recent events including world politics and of the ongoing research in feminism. It is also important because it is so often misunderstood and so difficult to understand even when it is explained.

After reading Abu-Lughod's renowned (in the world of academics) book, "Veiled Sentiments," I think I have a better handle on veiling than I ever would have had otherwise. It was not easy to absorb the concepts that surround it. That it took ¼ of a 315 page book to do it (a conservative estimate) is a testament to the intricacies of and the psychological motivations behind this cultural /religious practice.
Learning more about veiling alone made this study one well worth reading. But the surprise for both the reader, and-as explained by Ms. Abu-Lughod-the author herself is the discovery of this culture's use of poetry. To take it one step further, the insight into how societies in general (at least ours and that of the Bedouins) similarly use their poetry and relate to it.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ibrahim m Barrie on February 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
Veiled sentiments review

Veiled Sentiments is an ethnography written by Lila Abu-Loghod. Lila is of an Arab descendant and went to study the “Awlad Ali” society from October 1978 through to May 1980. The Awlad ‘Ali are a Bedouin tribe who originated from Libya but later migrated to the western desert of Egypt. In the ethnography, Lila discusses the links and clashes between ideas of honor and poetry. I use the word “honor” lightly as there are many meanings in which it can be interpreted in this certain specific society. In the Awlad ‘Ali, their modesty code mainly consists of modesty, shame and independence. Displaying any signs of sentiments or feelings expresses lack of modesty therefore leading them to lose status. This is the reason why they express their sentiments through the poems, which are called “Ghinnawas”. Throughout the ethnography, Lila portrays the different ways in which they express their sentiments and how it varies from their everyday language as opposed to the use of “Ghinnawas".
I would highly recommend this ethnography to people who are interested in the Arab culture as well as the way they live.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search