Baladi Women of Cairo

Playing with an Egg and a Stone
Author: Evelyn A. Early
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN: 9781555872687
Category: Social Science
Page: 217
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Traditional, urban Egyptian women - baladi women - extol themselves with the proverb, A baladi woman can play with an egg and a stone without breaking the egg. Evelyn Early illustrates this and other expressions of baladi women's self-identity by observing and recording their everyday discourse and how these women - who consider themselves destitute yet savvy - handle such matters as housing, work, marriage, religion, health and life in general.

Islam, Charity, and Activism

Middle-class Networks and Social Welfare in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen
Author: Janine A. Clark
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253216265
Category: History
Page: 236
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Through case studies of Islamic medical clinics in Egypt, the Islamic Center Charity Society in Jordan and the Islah Women's Charitable Society in Yemen, Janine A. Clark examines the structure and dynamics of moderate Islamic institutions and their social and political impact.

Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo

A View from the Household
Author: Diane Singerman,Homa Hoodfar
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253210494
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 195
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The authors of these rich ethnographic essays demonstrate that the Egyptian household plays a crucial, if largely overlooked, role into the dynamics of political, economic, and social change. While Western social scientists have assumed that employment outside the home improves women's autonomy and economic status, economic liberalization in Egypt is shown here to have worsened the economic situation of women and undermined their authority within the household. The collection explains why such everyday issues as unemployment, government subsidies, gender relations, housing, political participation, educational mobility, and the standard of living have become increasingly politicized at he household level, a development that has direct implications in the context of Islamist challenges to the state.

The Architecture of Home in Cairo

Socio-Spatial Practice of the Hawari's Everyday Life
Author: Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317044835
Category: Architecture
Page: 368
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The hawari of Cairo - narrow non-straight alleyways - are the basic urban units that have formed the medieval city since its foundation back in 969 AD. Until early in the C20th, they made up the primary urban divisions of the city and were residential in nature. Contemporary hawari, by contrast, are increasingly dominated by commercial and industrial activity. This medieval urban maze of extremely short, broken, zigzag streets and dead ends are defensible territories, powerful institutions, and important social systems. While the hawari have been studied as an exemplar for urban structure of medieval Islamic urbanism, and as individual building typologies, this book is the first to examine in detail the socio-spatial practice of the architecture of home in the city. It investigates how people live, communicate and relate to each other within their houses or shared spaces of the alleys, and in doing so, to uncover several new socio-spatial dimensions and meanings in this architectural form. In an attempt to re-establish the link between architecture past and present, and to understand the changing social needs of communities, this book uncovers the notion of home as central to understand architecture in such a city with long history as Cairo. It firstly describes the historical development of the domestic spaces (indoor and outdoor), and provides an inclusive analysis of spaces of everyday activities in the hawari of old Cairo. It then broadens its analysis to other parts of the city, highlighting different customs and representations of home in the city at large. Cairo, in the context of this book, is represented as the most sophisticated urban centre in the Middle East with different and sometimes contrasting approaches to the architecture of home, as a practice and spatial system. In order to analyse the complexity and interconnectedness of the components and elements of the hawari as a 'collective home', it layers its narratives of architectural and social developments as a domestic environment over the past two hundred years, and in doing so, explores the in-depth social meaning and performance of spaces, both private and public.

The Female Suffering Body

Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature
Author: Abir Hamdar
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815652909
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 166
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Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Western literature over the last two centuries, the sick female body has traditionally remained outside the Arab literary imagination. Hamdar takes on this historical absence in The Female Suffering Body by exploring how both literary and cultural perspectives on female physical illness and disability in the Arab world have transformed in the modern period. In doing so, she examines a range of both canonical and hitherto marginalized Arab writers, including Mahmoud Taymur, Yusuf al-Sibai, Ghassan Kanafani, Naguib Mahfouz, Ziyad Qassim, Colette Khoury, Hanan al-Shaykh, Alia Mamdouh, Salwa Bakr, Hassan Daoud, and Betool Khedair. Hamdar finds that, over the course of sixty years, female physical illness and disability has moved from the margins of Arabic literature—where it was largely the subject of shame, disgust, or revulsion—to the center, as a new wave of female writers have sought to give voice to the "female suffering body."

Bodily Citations

Religion and Judith Butler
Author: Ellen T. Armour,Susan M. St. Ville
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231508646
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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In such works as Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter Judith Butler broke new ground in understanding the construction and performance of identities. While Butler's writings have been crucial and often controversial in the development of feminist and queer theory, Bodily Citations is the first anthology centered on applying her theories to religion. In this collection scholars in anthropology, biblical studies, theology, ethics, and ritual studies use Butler's work to investigate a variety of topics in biblical, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. The authors shed new light on Butler's ideas and highlight their ethical and political import. They also broaden the scope of religious studies as they bring it into conversation with feminist and queer theory. Subjects discussed include the woman's mosque movement in Cairo, the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the possibility of queer ethics, religious ritual, and biblical constructions of sexuality. Contributors include: Karen Trimble Alliaume, Lewis University; Teresa Hornsby, Drury University; Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School; Christina Hutchins, Pacific School of Religion; Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley; Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke College; Claudia Schippert, University of Central Florida; Rebecca Schneider, Brown University; Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary

Women of northern, western, and central Africa

a bibliography, 1976-1985
Author: Davis Bullwinkle
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Category: Reference
Page: 601
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"This is the second in a projected three-volume series which will be the standard for the English-speaking world when completed. This series will constitute a major, comprehensive bibliography of English-language works (over 4,100 will be cited in all) on women in Africa for the period 1976-1985; a follow-up volume (targeted for publication in 1993) will cover the years 1986-1990. . . . In Volumes 2 and 3, arrangement is by subject within both regional and national categories. Items are cross-referenced for maximum coverage. . . . Required for college and university libraries supporting African studies programs." Choice

Living with djinns

understanding and dealing with the invisible in Cairo
Author: Barbara Drieskens
Publisher: Saqi Books
Category: Social Science
Page: 260
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A unique ethnographic study of the invisible spirits of the Muslim world.

Quest for conception

gender, infertility, and Egyptian medical traditions
Author: Marcia Claire Inhorn
Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
Category: Medical
Page: 441
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The Performance of Emotion Among Paxtun Women

"the Misfortunes which Have Befallen Me"
Author: Benedicte Grima
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Social Science
Page: 241
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Among the Paxtun women of Afghanistan and Pakistan, articulating one's despondency (gham) is part of a ritual which serves to establish and maintain relationships. The author draws a parallel between this ritual and the infamous male practice of 'honour-killing', which tantamount to murdering female relatives suspected of illicit relationships.


Author: Carl Heinrich Becker
Publisher: N.A
Category: Islam
Page: N.A
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eine geographische Landeskunde
Author: Fouad N. Ibrahim,Barbara Ibrahim
Publisher: N.A
Category: Egypt
Page: 230
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Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures: Methodologies, paradigms and sources

Author: Jacqueline Siapno,Suad Joseph,Afsaneh Najmabadi,Julie Peteet,Seteney Shami
Publisher: Encyclopedia of Women & Islami
ISBN: 9789004113800
Category: Religion
Page: 682
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Focuses on women and the civilizations and societies in which Islam has played a historic role. Surveys all facets of life (society, economy, politics, religion, the arts, popular culture, sports, health, science, medicine, environment, and so forth) of women in these societies.

The Middle East and Central Asia

An Anthropological Approach
Author: Dale F. Eickelman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780131230194
Category: Social Science
Page: 388
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The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach, Third Edition, depicts the impact of global economic and political change in the Middle East and Central Asia against pervasive social and cultural continuities. The world-wide competition for vital resources - oil, water, and land - is set alongside the struggle for political and religious authority; volatile national, ethnic, and religious identities; rising educational levels; accelerated population growth and diminishing economic opportunities; shifting gender roles; and the personal, family, and communal ties through which the people of the Middle East render their day-to-day existence more stable and predictable.

Women of Deh Koh

lives in an Iranian village
Author: Erika Friedl
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 237
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Language socialization in bilingual and multilingual societies

edited by Robert Bayley and Sandra R. Schecter
Author: Robert Bayley,Sandra R. Schecter
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd
ISBN: 9781853596360
Category: Education
Page: 311
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An exploration of language socialization from very early childhood through to adulthood, not only in often-studied communities in Canada and the United States, but also in Australia, Bolivia, Egypt, India and Slovakia. The global perspective gained by the inclusion of studies of communities representing every inhabited continent provides readers with an indication of the richness of the field as well as a guide for future work.