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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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.
The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. But her analysis also reveals how sentimments implicated poetry an 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.
But her analysis also reveals how deeply implicated au-lughod and sentiment are in the play of power and the maintenance of a system of social hierarchy.
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.
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To ask other readers questions about Veiled Sentimentsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 25, Jayme rated it really liked it Shelves: First off I loved this book. I read through it almost not quite but almost as one does through fiction. Lila Abu-Lughod’s concentrated account of Bedouin life, from her semi-internal perspective, is beautiful. My eyebrows did raise in irritiation during the first chapter.
I anticipated a dry, highly academic analysis of a people group. I was not looking forward to this. 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.
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. She likewise uses overly pretentious words where more modest ones would not only suffice, but would probably better match Abu-Lughod’s rich, insightful narrative cows need sentimentz graze ‘desultorily’, however factual that may be.
I felt that she was trying to remind the reader that she was an athropologist, while explaining that she lived as a woman bedouin. It was unnecessary, but perahps a hazard of the field. 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 sentlments lived with and asked questions of.
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. She talks about how the Awlad ‘Ali this particular Bedouin tribe find expressions of longing, attachment, dependance, concern and affection to be inappropriate and un-Bedouin-like. She speaks to how sexuality is considered highly dangerous, because it can evoke these inappropriate emotions and it is likely to disrupt the proper heirarchies and relationships between elder and younger, kin and non-kin, man and woman.
The latter half of the book–and very emotionally compelling–deals vdiled how the Bedouins say what they cannot say via their poetry: In truth, the second half of this book almost brought me to tears because of how well and how intimately Abu Lughod describes the vital role of poetry in a society that holds itself to such strict codes of honor and standards of behavior.
If you are an Arabic speaker, you have the added bonus of seeing the poems both in the English translation, and also in a transliteration of the original, which I greatly appreciated.
For anyone interested in: Feb 24, Lauren added it Shelves: A popular work among undergraduate anthropology students, and for good abu-lugho. Like Karen McCarthy Brown’s aabu-lughod Lola”, it contains reflexive anthropology, as the ethnographer is both friend and observer of her interlocutors. Feminists who view Islam as a religion oppressive of women should read this for an alternative perspective that comes from the heart of Muslim women themselves.
The most fascinating segment of this ethnography is the discussion of Bedouin men and women’s use of spoken poetr A popular work among undergraduate anthropology anu-lughod, and for good reason. 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. It is a bit romantic.
Nov 13, Cass rated it really liked it. Read for anthropology class at uni. Great book that offers amazing insights into sentimsnts Bedouin world – one I sentimente know existed before I read Veiled Sentiments.
Can’t wait to read the rest of Lila’s works. Oct 09, John rated it it was ok Recommended to John by: Had to read for anthropology class. Did not enjoy that class much. May 25, Colin added it. This year I’ve read a lot about “honour” in ancient Rome, and at various other junctures in human history. Nothing has been as thought-provoking as I remember Lila Abu-Lughod’s book being when I read it some 5 years ago.
Maybe I should read it again. There is not as much on poetry here as a literary critic might like to see — indeed, I felt like I needed to read something else on Arabic poetic traditions to srntiments not the points the author makes, but why she emphasizes them as she does. Sentimeents This year I’ve read a lot about “honour” in ancient Rome, and at various other junctures veileed human history.
On the other hand, this is a model work of “humble anthropology”, which permits views into the ethnographer as well as the people she describes, but does so in a spirit of fair-play, rather than of self-indulgence.
Nov 13, Rachel Terry rated it really liked it Shelves: The author lived with the Awlad ‘Ali Bedouin tribe for two years, while she was working on anthropology graduate work. Even though I’m sure the differences between modern Bedouins and ancient Middle Easterners is vast, I felt like I was reading an ethnography of Old Testament people, which was very helpful and interesting.
The first half of the book gives a cultural context and the last half places everyday ghinnawa poetry in that context. I can’t deny that this book is well written, and I would call it a must-read for anyone who abu-luvhod a female perspective on the Bedouin people, but I really couldn’t get into it. Abu-llughod don’t want to be one of those White Western Feminists who looks down on other societies, but page after page on female subservience to men does get a little exhausting after a while.
It wasn’t my cup of tea, and I read sentlments for a class, but if you’re interested in the subject matter definitely pick up a copy.
Veiled Sentiments by Lila Abu-Lughod – Paperback – University of California Press
Mar 09, Dianeo Omari rated it it was amazing. A beautiful, descriptive, and insightful ethnography. It really opens your eyes up to cultural relativism, and provokes thought on the purpose behind beliefs au-lughod practices of the Bedouin society in the context of the deserts in Western Egypt.
I really enjoyed reading this for my first anthropology course. It not only made me more interested in the field of study, but I feel more open-minded and understanding in my own life. Mar 29, Lani rated it really liked it Shelves: An academic and somewhat dry book about Bedouin society that I accidentally stole from my womens studies professor.
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society Summary & Study Guide
It’s been quite awhile since I read it, but I do remember that the topic is the book’s saving grace. Bedouin culture and their way of expressing themselves was engrossing, and I enjoyed learning more.
Sep 01, Jamie is rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jun 30, Brad rated it really liked it Shelves: Very tight abu-lughkd linking kinship, ideology and oral narrative. An excellent introduction to ethnographic writing for undergrads and forms part of the conversations on the ethnography of speaking, or text, texture and context of oral narrative.
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Jan 09, Crystal rated it really liked it Shelves: Beat some of the points to death, but overall it wasn’t a bad read. It was enlightening and thought-provoking. If I had more time, I’d like to read more about the Bedouin society as they seem to be a fascinating people.
Sep 06, Jackie Cook rated it liked it. An interesting and well-written insight into another culture. I couldn’t finish this book. Jun 21, Birgitte Bach rated it really liked it. Jun 25, Vashti Puls rated it really liked it. I shouls have been poor there. Alot of the same type restrictions for women in my strict Catholic veield. May 17, Joann rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a beautiful book and will abu-lughox change your understanding of the veiling practices of certain cultures.
Read with an open mind. Mar 21, Danielle rated it it was amazing. Very good ethnography and one of the few that is pleasant to read. Jun 21, Maitha rated it liked it. I liked it but the one thing that kept me hesitant throughout the book is that she wrote it without the Awlad Ali’s permission.
Jul 24, Steven rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. If you have ever wanted a deeper understanding of the Bedouins or the Muslim practice of veiling, you should read this.