The Rashaayda Bedouin

Arab Pastoralists of Eastern Sudan
Author: William Charles Young
Publisher: Harcourt College Pub
Category: Social Science
Page: 157
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A supplement to introductory anthropology and cultural anthropology courses, this is the only available book-length study of an Arab Bedouin society that supplements customary observations with data about gender and race. This case study integrates cultural meanings with the pastoral economy in clear, non-technical language. Drawing on the Bedouin notion of habitus, the author points out connections between the cultural organization of space, the sexual division of labor, and gender identity, giving students a strong model of the kind of analysis influential in contemporary anthropology. Extensive pedagogy includes glossaries of Arabic terms and anthropological vocabulary, a current bibliography, diagrams of social relationships, and maps and photographs.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology

Author: Richard Fardon,Oliva Harris,Trevor H J Marchand,Cris Shore,Veronica Strang,Richard Wilson,Mark Nuttall
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 144626601X
Category: Social Science
Page: 1184
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In two volumes, the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology provides the definitive overview of contemporary research in the discipline. It explains the what, where, and how of current and anticipated work in Social Anthropology. With 80 authors, contributing more than 60 chapters, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of research in Social Anthropology available and the essential point of departure for future projects. The Handbook is divided into four sections: -Part I: Interfaces examines Social Anthropology's disciplinary connections, from Art and Literature to Politics and Economics, from Linguistics to Biomedicine, from History to Media Studies. -Part II: Places examines place, region, culture, and history, from regional, area studies to a globalized world -Part III: Methods examines issues of method; from archives to war zones, from development projects to art objects, and from ethics to comparison -Part IV: Futures anticipates anthropologies to come: in the Brain Sciences; in post-Development; in the Body and Health; and in new Technologies and Materialities Edited by the leading figures in social anthropology, the Handbook includes a substantive introduction by Richard Fardon, a think piece by Jean and John Comaroff, and a concluding last word on futures by Marilyn Strathern. The authors - each at the leading edge of the discipline - contribute in-depth chapters on both the foundational ideas and the latest research. Comprehensive and detailed, this magisterial Handbook overviews the last 25 years of the social anthropological imagination. It will speak to scholars in Social Anthropology and its many related disciplines.


an African kingdom
Author: John Beattie
Publisher: Harcourt College Pub
Category: History
Page: 86
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Who Knows Tomorrow?

Uncertainty in North-Eastern Sudan
Author: Sandra Calkins
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785330160
Category: Social Science
Page: 282
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Although uncertainty is intertwined with all human activity, plans, and aspirations, it is experienced differently: at times it is obsessed over and at times it is ignored. This ethnography shows how Rashaida in north-eastern Sudan deal with unknowns from day-to-day unpredictability to life-threatening dangers. It argues that the amplification of uncertainty in some cases and its extenuation in others can be better understood by focusing on forms that can either hold the world together or invite doubt. Uncertainty, then, need not be seen solely as a debilitating problem, but also as an opportunity to create other futures.

By Noon Prayer

The Rhythm of Islam
Author: Fadwa El Guindi
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 1847884547
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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A groundbreaking anthropological analysis of Islam as experienced by Muslims, By Noon Prayer builds a conceptual model of Islam as a whole, while travelling along a comparative path of biblical, Egyptological, ethnographic, poetic, scriptural and visual materials. Grounded in long-term observation of Arabo-Islamic culture and society, the study captures the rhythm of Islam weaving through the lives of Muslim women and men. Examples of the rhythmic nature of Islam can be seen in all aspects of Muslims' everyday lives. Muslims break their Ramadan fast upon the sun setting, and they receive Ramadan by sighting the new moon. Prayer for their dead is by noon and burial is before sunset. This is space and time in Islam - moon, sun, dawn and sunset are all part of a unique and unified rhythm, interweaving the sacred and the ordinary, nature and culture in a pattern that is characteristically Islamic.


Modesty, Privacy and Resistance
Author: Fadwa El Guindi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2000. In the 1970s, often to the consternation of parents and siblings, certain progressive young Arab women voluntarily donned the veil. The movement, which rapidly expanded and continues to gather momentum, has sparked controversy within Islamic culture, as well as reactions ranging from perplexity to outrage from those outside it. Western feminist commentators have been particularly vociferous in decrying the veil, which they glibly interpret as a concrete manifestation of patriarchal oppression. However, most Western observers fail to realize that veiling, which has a long and complex history, has been embraced by many Arab women as both an affirmation of cultural identity and a strident feminist statement. Not only does the veil de-marginalize women in society, but it also represents an expression of liberation from colonial legacies. In short, contemporary veiling is more often than not about resistance. By voluntarily removing themselves from the male gaze, these women assert their allegiance to a rich and varied tradition, and at the same time preserve their sexual identity. Beyond this, however, the veil also communicates exclusivity of rank and nuances in social status and social relations that provide telling insights into how Arab culture is constituted. Further, as the author clearly demonstrates, veiling is intimately connected with notions of the self, the body and community, as well as with the cultural construction of identity, privacy and space. This provocative book draws on extensive original fieldwork, anthropology, history and original Islamic sources to challenge the simplistic assumption that veiling is largely about modesty and seclusion, honor and shame.


Author: Nivedita Menon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788188965304
Category: Feminism
Page: 333
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While sexual violence is an area that is well mapped by feminist scholarship, this volume focuses on transgresive and marginalised sexualities. It brings together writings on India that highlight the transgression of norms-of heterosexuality. Of geminist and mascline behaviour, of recognisably gendered bodies-that declare ungovermed desire to be illegitinate. Sexualities also includes a selection of campaign documents from diverse sexuality movements in the country.

Windows on the World

Case Studies in Anthropology
Author: Shirley Fedorak
Publisher: Thomson/Nelson
ISBN: 9780176406530
Category: Anthropology
Page: 244
View: 1981

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The Nomadic Alternative

Author: Thomas Jefferson Barfield
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: 9780136249825
Category: Social Science
Page: 230
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Looks at the ethnography and history of nomadic societies in East Africa, the Near East, Iran, and Central Eurasia, and discusses nomadic social organization, political relations, and the future of nomads

Introduction to social research

quantitative and qualitative approaches
Author: Keith F. Punch
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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'Introduction to Social Research' presents the essential elements of both qualitative and quantitative approaches for conducting empirical research in the social sciences.

Books in Print 1997-98

Author: R R Bowker Publishing,[Anonymus AC01535147]
Publisher: R. R. Bowker
ISBN: 9780835239400
Page: N.A
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Islam Obscured

The Rhetoric of Anthropological Representation
Author: D. Varisco
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403973423
Category: Social Science
Page: 226
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Ethnographers have observed Muslims nearly everywhere Islam is practiced. This study analyzes four seminal texts that have been read widely outside anthropology. Two are by distinguished anthropologists on either side of the Atlantic, Islam Observed (by Clifford Geertz in 1968) and Muslim Society (by Ernest Gellner in 1981). Two other texts are by Muslim scholars, Beyond the Veil (Fatima Mernissi in 1975) and Discovering Islam (by Akbar Ahmed in 1988). Varisco argues that each of these four authors approaches Islam as an essentialized organic unity rather than letting 'Islams' found in the field speak to the diversity of practice. The textual truths engendered, and far too often engineered, in these idealized representations of Islam have found their way unscrutinized into an endless stream of scholarly works and textbooks. Varisco's analysis goes beyond the rhetoric over what Islam is to the information from ethnographic research about what Muslims say they do and actually are observed to do. The issues covered include Islam as a cultural phenomenon, representation of 'the other', Muslim gender roles, politics of ethnographic authority, and Orientalist discourse.

Encyclopedia of World Cultures

Author: Timothy J. O'Leary,Terence E. Hays,Paul Hockings,Linda A. Bennett,Paul Friedrich,Norma Diamond,Johannes Wilbert,James W. Dow,Robert Van Kemper,John Middleton,Amal Rassam,Candice Bradley,Laurel L. Rose
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780816118403
Page: N.A
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Colors of Enchantment

Theater, Dance, Music, and the Visual Arts of the Middle East
Author: Sherifa Zuhur
Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9789774246074
Category: Art
Page: 456
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In this companion volume to the successful Images of Enchantment: Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East (AUC Press, 1998), historian and ethnomusicologist Sherifa Zuhur has once again commissioned and edited authoritative essays from noteworthy scholars from around the globe that explore the visual and performing arts in the Middle East. What differentiates this volume from its predecessor is its investigation of theater, from the early modern period to the contemporary. Topics include race and national identity in Egyptian theater, early writing in the Arab theater in North America, Persian-language theater from its origins through the twentieth century, Palestinian nationalist theater, and a survey of the work of noted Egyptian playwright Yusuf Idris. Other aspects of the arts are not neglected, of course, as further avenues of dance, music, and the visual arts are explored. Marked by interesting and fresh perspectives, Colors of Enchantment is another vital contribution to scholarship on the arts of the Middle East. Contributors: Najwa Adra, Wijdan Ali, Sami Asmar, Clarissa Burt, Michael Frishkopf, M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Tori Haring-Smith, Kathleen Hood, Deborah Kapchan, Neil van der Linden, Samia Mehrez, Mona Mikhail, Sami A. Ofeish, 'Ali Jihad Racy, Rashad Rida, Tonia Rifaey, Edward Said, Lori Anne Salem, Philip D. Schuyler, Selim Sednaoui, Reuven Snir, James Stone, Eve Troutt Powell, and Sherifa Zuhur.


Author: Virginia Hamilton
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453213317
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 128
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Elizabeth and her brother live on a farm for a summer—and learn a whole new way of living and dreaming Elizabeth likes to invent stories. When she travels to her uncle’s farm for a summer, she starts by making up new names for herself and her younger brother: “Geeder” and “Toeboy.” As “Geeder” explores the farm on her own and with her brother, she encounters mysteries that capture her imagination, among them a tall, proud woman who looks just like an African queen that Elizabeth has read about in a magazine. Elizabeth spins tales about the people and places around her, but she comes to realize that sometimes the truth is more interesting than make-believe.

Decolonizing Methodologies

Research and Indigenous Peoples
Author: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848139535
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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'A landmark in the process of decolonizing imperial Western knowledge.' Walter Mignolo, Duke University To the colonized, the term 'research' is conflated with European colonialism; the ways in which academic research has been implicated in the throes of imperialism remains a painful memory. This essential volume explores intersections of imperialism and research - specifically, the ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge and tradition as 'regimes of truth.' Concepts such as 'discovery' and 'claiming' are discussed and an argument presented that the decolonization of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being. Now in its eagerly awaited second edition, this bestselling book has been substantially revised, with new case-studies and examples and important additions on new indigenous literature, the role of research in indigenous struggles for social justice, which brings this essential volume urgently up-to-date.

Society and Discourse

How Social Contexts Influence Text and Talk
Author: Teun A. van Dijk
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521516900
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 287
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This book presents a theory of context that explains how text and talk are adapted to their social environment. In this interdisciplinary book the theory is developed from a linguistic and psychological perspective and is applied to the domain of politics, including the debate about the war in Iraq.

Black tents of Baluchistan

Author: Philip Carl Salzman
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 390
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An ethnographic study of the nomadic Baluch people of the highland Sarhad region of southeastern Iran. Salzman (anthropology, McGill U.) spent twenty-seven months with the Baluch recording the daily life of these people, he here discusses the transformation they have made from politically autonomous warriors to devout Sunni Muslims since being conquered by the Shia Persians in 1935. He describes how their social and political organization affects their lives, and examines, in some depth, their primary means of earning an income: herding, cultivating, raiding and trading, migrating, and laboring. The book includes a number of the author's photographs of the Baluch. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR