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Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others
This article explores the ethics of the current "War on Terrorism, asking whether anthropology, the discipline devoted to understanding and dealing with cultural difference, can provide us with
the romance of resistance: tracing transformations of power through Bedouin women
Resistance has become in recent years a popular focus for work in the human sciences. Despite the theoretical sophistication of many anthropological and historical studies of everyday resistance,
Writing against Culture
Writing Culture (Clifford and Marcus 1986), the collection that marked a major new form of critique of cultural anthropology's premises, more or less excluded two critical groups whose situations
Veiled Sentiments : Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
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
Do Muslim Women Need Saving
Frequent reports of honor killings, disfigurement, and sensational abuse have given rise to a consensus in the West, a message propagated by human rights groups and the media: Muslim women need to be
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
Abu-Lughod first published Veiled sentiments in 1986 and conducted her anthropological fieldwork in the 1970s. She lived for two years with the Awald ‘Ali Bedouins of Egypt’s western desert frontier
Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt
How do people come to think of themselves as part of a nation? "Dramas of Nationhood" identifies a fantastic cultural form that binds together the Egyptian nation-television serials. These
Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories
Lila Abu-Lughod draws on anthropological and feminist insights to construct a critical ethnography of a small Awlad 'Ali Bedouin community in Egypt. She explores how the telling of stories of
Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East
Preface vii Note on Transliterations xi Introduction. Lila Abu-Lughod: Feminist Longings and Postcolonial Conditions 3 PART ONE: REWRITING FEMINIST BEGINNINGS: THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 33 Chapter 1.
Zones of Theory in the Anthropology of the Arab World
In 1987 I brought a copy of my newly published ethnography to the family that had hosted me during my fieldwork, from 1978 to 1980, in an Egyptian Bedouin community. No one in the community knew