Five Women of Sennar: Culture and Change in Central Sudan / Edition 2

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In this second edition of the highly regarded original, five Muslim women and their families from the town of Sennar, Central Sudan, update their life stories. Halima, the hairdresser; Fatima, the market woman; Zachara, the midwife; Bitt al-Jamil, the faith healer; and Naiema, leader of tombura zar spirit possession, each look back on their lives, their families, and their work in accounts that now span more than twenty years. The women's own voices provide insight into how ordinary individuals deal with the challenges of making a living, raising a family, and leading a good life in twentieth-century Sudan while Kenyon situates the narratives in the larger historical and ethnographic context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577663133
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Culture and Society in Contemporary Sennar 11
2 Al-Mushata: Traditional Hairdresser 43
3 Sitt al-Kushuk: Market Woman 69
4 Al-Daiya: District Midwife 93
5 Servant of God: Faith-Healer and Seeress 131
6 Al-Umiya of Tombura Zar: Leader of a Spirit Possession/Healing Group 177
7 Al-Sudaniyin: Sudanese Women and Their World 215
Glossary of Sudanese Arabic Terms 227
References Cited 235
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