Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories / Edition 2

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About the Author:
Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Abu-Lughod incorporates stories by Bedouin women into a critique of traditional ethnography. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Abu-Lughod, a Palestinian American anthropologist and author of Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (Univ. of California Pr., 1986), is well known for her research on Arab women. In this second book based on her fieldwork among the Awlad Ali Bedouin in northwestern Egypt, she hopes to convey in greater depth the richness and complexity of these Bedouin women's lives through their stories, songs, poetry, and essays. Despite editorial comment by Abu-Lughod throughout (a lengthy introduction discusses her approaches to anthropological fieldwork and ethnographic writing), the Bedouin women themselves are the primary voices in the book (translated by the author). Although this is definitely a scholarly anthropological work, the informed reader can also find much of interest. The tales these women tell, which illuminate their relations to the world around them, have a universal appeal. Highly recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with strong Middle East or women's studies collections.-- Ruth K. Baacke, Bellingham P.L., Wash .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256514
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Edition description: 15th Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 713,475
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (California, 1986) and the co-editor, with C. Lutz, of Language and the Politics of Emotion (1990).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Keeping the Names Straight
Introduction 1
1 Patrilineality 45
2 Polygyny 87
3 Reproduction 127
4 Patrilateral Parallel-Cousin Marriage 167
5 Honor and Shame 205
Transcriptions of Arabic Poems and Songs 243
Bibliography 257
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