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. First published in , Lila Abu-Lughod’sVeiled Sentimentshas become a classic ethnography in the field of anthropology. During the late s and early 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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It not only made me more interested in the field of study, but I feel more open-minded and understanding in my own life.

Lila Abu-Lughod sentimfnts Joseph L. Being half-Arab she was given, perhaps, more leeway and access than–say–a white western male might have that being a large number of anthropologists.

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

Independence is another important aspect of Bedouin culture. View the Study Pack.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate The book give you the abu-lkghod to get a closer understandment of the Bedouin society. Chapter 4, Modesty, Gender, and Sexuality. 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.

I couldn’t finish this book. And in the first chapter of method-explanation, Abu Lughod does use that certain–often obnoxious–bank of anthropological voc First off I loved this book. My veilled did raise in irritiation during the first chapter.

Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East An academic and somewhat dry book about Bedouin society that I accidentally stole from my womens studies professor. During the late s and early s, Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations, morality, and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings.


Honor of the Weak Four: This uneasiness about rereading is a problem that many anthropologists must feel in retrospect, so it is helpful that she touches on this before the reader moves into the ethnography.

Mar 21, Danielle rated it it was amazing. Sep 06, Jackie Cook rated it liked it. This year Abu-luughod read a lot about “honour” in ancient Rome, and at various other junctures in human history. The more financially independent a man is, the more wives he can have.

May 17, Joann rated it it was amazing Shelves: An interesting and well-written insight into another culture.

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

Thanks for sejtiments us about the problem. The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. Chapter 5, The Poetry of Personal Life.

Jan 09, Crystal rated it really liked abu-luyhod Shelves: The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. Specifically, she intended to show that sentiments can actually symbolize values and that expression of these sentiments by individuals contributes to representations of the self, representations that are tied to morality, which in turn is ultimately tied to politics in its broadest sense.

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. Like Karen McCarthy Brown’s “Mama Lola”, it contains reflexive anthropology, as the ethnographer is both friend and observer of her interlocutors.


A specialist of the Arab world, her seven books, most based on long term ethnographic research, cover topics from sentiemnts and poetry to nationalism and media, from gender politics to the politics of memory Trivia About Veiled Sentiments Read for anthropology class at uni.

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.

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

Detailed, immediate, and superbly composed. What begins as a puzzle about a single poetic genre becomes a reflection on the politics of sentiment and the complexity of culture. Are you looking for new titles for your Introduction to Cultural Anthropology courses? Feb 25, Jayme rated it really liked it Shelves: Kiana Smith rated it it was amazing Jun 09, Sabra rated it really liked it Jul 12, Very tight analysis linking kinship, ideology and oral narrative.

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