First published in , Lila Abu-Lughod’sVeiled Sentimentshas become a classic ethnography in the field of anthropology. During the late s and early Updated Edition With a New Preface Lila Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years. LILA ABU-LUGHOD, Veiled sentiments: honour and poetry in a Bedouin society, Veiled sentiments begins by clearly positioning the author as she enters the.

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The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Veiled Sentiments by Lila Abu-Lughod – Paperback – University of California Press

She is a seriously good writer. Honor of the Weak Four: She also takes this time to express her discomfort in rereading her ethnography, particularly in the presentation of people in the book as subjects in a scientific project.

In truth, the second half of this book almost brought me to tears because of how well sentimrnts how intimately Abu Lughod describes the vital role of poetry in a society that holds itself to such strict codes sentimdnts honor and standards of behavior. Read with an open mind. Abu-Lughod is critical of herself and her methodologies, which is crucial for any researcher.

Please try again later. Chapter 4, Modesty, Gender, and Sexuality. The most fascinating segment of this ethnography is the discussion of Bedouin men and women’s use of spoken poetry to cope with their disappointments and high hopes for love, relationships, sexuality and gender ideology. Denise rated avu liked it Lughid 27, lughof Lila Abu-Lughod’s concentrated account of Bedouin life, from her semi-internal perspective, is beautiful.


An academic and somewhat dry book about Bedouin society that I accidentally stole from my womens studies professor. Updated Edition With a New Preface 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.

Marriages are arranged by families to retain and enhance honor. And in the first chapter of method-explanation, Abu Lughod does use that certain–often obnoxious–bank of anthropological vocabulary that tends to make me roll my eyes. This admission is also honest and refreshing to a reader who may not have thought in those terms. Pages with related products.

Showing of 24 reviews. I read through it almost not quite but almost veilef one does through fiction. It was enlightening and thought-provoking. Jun 30, Sentimenst rated it really liked it Shelves: Bedouin culture and their way of expressing themselves was engrossing, and I enjoyed learning more. Acknowledgments A Note on Transcriptions One: Needed it for class. It was unnecessary, but perahps a hazard of the field.

Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Did not enjoy that class much. A popular work among undergraduate anthropology students, and for good reason.

Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society Summary & Study Guide

Abu Lughod attitude, intelligence, training and tremendous analystical ability helped her in developing great insight and understanding of this fascinating culture. That notwithstanding, Abu Lughod chose to focus first on the concepts of honor, propriety and autonomy in Bedouin society and she does this wonderfully and with a clear affection for the people she lived with and asked questions of.

University of California Press; 2 edition January 2, Language: 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.


A specialist of the Arab world, her seven books, most based on long term ethnographic research, cover topics from sentiment and poetry to nationalism and media, from gender politics to the politics of memory Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Part One of the book explores Bedouin culture so that the poetry can be examined in context.

She may not veioed 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. Lhghod 13, Cass rated it sentimeents liked it.

The analysis seems to explain behaviors and norms witnessed elsewhere in Egypt and indeed other parts of the Middle East. What begins as a puzzle about a single poetic genre becomes a reflection on the politics of sentiment and the complexity of culture. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (updated with a new preface)

Other editions – View all Veiled Sentiments: What are individuals symbolizing about themselves through expression of these non-virtuous sentiments? If you have ever wanted a deeper understanding of the Bedouins or the Muslim practice of veiling, you should read this.

View a FREE sample. The overarching theme is that poetry is used as a vehicle to express sentiments that are not necessarily talked about in the open; poetry is a particular discourse of how to express taboo.

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