- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (January 2, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780520224735
- ISBN-13: 978-0520224735
- ASIN: 0520224736
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society, 2nd Edition
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"A valuable contribution in many areas, giving us new dimensions of nomadic and Arab culture, poetry, women, and gender roles and a fresh way of looking at the interrelatedness of the ideology and politics of sentiment. An outstanding anthropological ethnography of the Bedouin of the Egyptian desert, as well as an unusually skillful analysis of gender and social structure as it is expressed through women's poetic discourse." --"International Journal of Middle East Studies
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Abu-Lughod spent nearly two years embedded in a Bedouin village in Egypt, studying poetry and the community of women that made up such a large part of the social structure of the village. Her observations about social customs and the traditions that underlie them is a marvelous read. She may not describe well the modern Bedouin woman as she has evolved over the past twenty-five years since publication of Veiled Sentiments, but her thinking is timeless and important.
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.
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