An Ethnography of Fragrance: The Perfumery Arts of 'Adan/Lahj

An Ethnography of Fragrance: The Perfumery Arts of 'Adan/Lahj

by Dinah Jung



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An Ethnography of Fragrance: The Perfumery Arts of 'Adan/Lahj by Dinah Jung

The perfumery arts in Asia have traditionally been presented as exotic or, in recent decades, mainly ignored. The ethnographic report in hand recalibrates the character and meaning of perfumery in the Islamic world illustrated by the local example of ‘Adan/Laḥj. By retelling the stories which have become associated with specific fragrances there, the author simultaneously introduces the reader to the history and culture of Islam and the southern edge of Yemen. The cultural exchange along the Indian Ocean Rim and within the colonial empires supported the spread and refinement of aromatics. The result is a new and fascinating portrayal and explanation of perfumery in general as well as of its tradition and special features in West Asia up to recent times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004187252
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/17/2010
Series: Islamic History and Civilization Series , #84
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dinah Jung (Cultural Anthropology, University of Basel) is postdoc at the Institute of East Asian Art History at the University of Heidelberg. She has specialized in perfumery studies, conducting research in Europe, West Asia, and recently in Southeast Asia.

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