Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society

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University of California Press, 1986 - Social Science - 317 pages
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Lila Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings. The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. But her analysis also reveals how deeply implicated poetry and sentiment are in the play of power and the maintenance of a system of social hierarchy. What begins as a puzzle about a single poetic genre becomes a reflection on the politics of sentiment and the relationship between ideology and human experience. -- Publisher description.
 

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Contents

one Guest and Daughter i
3
two Identity in Relationship
39
three Honor and the Virtues of Autonomy
78
four Modesty Gender and Sexuality
118
PART
167
six Honor and Poetic Vulnerability
186
seven Modesty and the Poetry ofLove
208
eight Ideology and the Politics of Sentiment
233
Formulas and Themes
261
Notes
273
Bibliography
297
Index
309
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