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  1. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
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  2. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society

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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 deeply implicated poetry 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.

[Note: This 1987 edition is now out of stock. A New Updated Edition is now available.]

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Abu-Lughod looks at the role poetry plays in the lives of women in Bedouin society, as an alternative to the poetic tradition of the men and a way to communicate and validate experiences outside the morality imposed by the male dominated culture. What's most fascinating for me as a student of poetry is the implicit definition of poetry that Abu-Lughod gives us along the way--a poetry defined, as Sir Philip Sidney once argued, not by its form but by the role it plays in the culture.
the book is written by an american woman with mideastern roots -- she provides great insight into the traditionals of the bedouin and arab worlds. I read this before I went to Egypt and it provided great foundation for understanding the culture of the town and village. I like her writing style -- she makes anthopological analysis interesting by explaining in the context of her interactions with the bedouins.
This book presents a fascinating and moving description of Beduin life in Egypt. The author presents an extremely thoughtful analysis of Beduin codes of honor, elements of which I suspect pervade much of more general Arabic society. This is one of the most insightful books on Arabic culture that I have ever found.
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