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The Dance Of The Rose And The Nightingale

Author : Nesta Ramazani
ISBN : 081560727X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This work is an autobiography of a young girl growing up in Iran. The daughter of an English Christian mother and an Iranian Zoroastrian father, Nesta Ramazani sketches her personal life story against the backdrop of a society marked by the fusion of Iranian, Islamic, and Western cultures.

Women S Voices In Middle East Museums

Author : Carol Malt
ISBN : 0815630786
Genre : History
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"This book begins with an historical overview of the women of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and the West Bank of Palestine and then focuses on the museums of Jordan and the women who work in them. Carol Malt interweaves a history of Islam and a discussion of the emerging public role of women in Muslim society."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Resistance Repression And Gender Politics In Occupied Palestine And Jordan

Author : Frances Susan Hasso
ISBN : 0815630875
Genre : History
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This book focuses on the central party apparatus of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Democratic Front (DF) branches established in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan in the 1970s, and the most influential and innovative of the DF women's organizations: the Palestinian Federation of Women's Action Committees in the occupied territories. Until now, no study of a Palestinian political organization has so thoroughly engaged with internal gender histories. In addition, no other work attempts to systematically compare branches in different regional locations to explain those differences. Students of gender and Middle East studies, especially those with a specialty in Palestinian studies, will find this work to be of critical importance. This book will also be of great interest to those working on political protest movements and factional ties.

Beyond The Exotic

Author : Amira El Azhary Sonbol
ISBN : 0815630557
Genre : Religion
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Most research has accepted stereotypical images of Muslim women, treating their outward manifestations, such as veiling, as passive and oppressive. By approaching widely used sources with different questions and methodologies, this book redresses these deficiencies. Contributors revisit and reevaluate scripture and scriptural interpretation; church records involving non-Muslim women of the Arab world; archival court records dating from the present back to the Ottoman period; and the oral and material culture and its written record, including oral history, textbooks, sufi practices, and the politics of dress.

Voices From Iran

Author : Mahnaz Kousha
ISBN : 0815629621
Genre : History
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Extrait de la couverture : "In the late 1990s Mahnaz Kousha interviewed fifteen women in Tehran who originally came from cities and towns throughout Iran. The youngest was 38, the eldest 50s. Extensive excerpts from their dialogues form the heart of this remarkable book. With admirable candor the women explore their relationships with their mothers, fathers, husbands, and children. They reflect the institutions of courtship and marriage and address issues of childcare, housework, and women's employement. They talk openly about their concerns, ambitions, and frustrations. Finally, they discuss everyday personal problems and the solutions they devise to cope with such difficulties. Offset by telling commentary, these conversations offer significant firsthand insights into the life experiences of the modern Iranian woman and her brave search for identity. Because it covers previously uncharted ground, this volume fills a sizable gap in the study of gender and familly relationships in Iran. Abundant footnotes on similar studies in the United States and other countries not only add sociologicyl richness, but also make the book relevant beyond Iran and the Middle East."

Women Of Jordan

Author : Amira El Azhary Sonbol
ISBN : 0815629648
Genre : Political Science
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Extrait de la couverture : "In the first book to address the dilemma faced by Jordanian women in the work-force, AmiraEl-Azhary Sonbol delineates the constraints that exist in a number of legal practices, namely penal codes that permit violence against Muslim women and personal status laws that require a husband's permission for a women to work. Leniency in honor crimes and early marriage and motherhood for girls are other factors that extend tha patriarchal power throughout a woman's life, and ultimately deny her full legal competency. Significantly, Sonbol notes that society's accepting as "Islamic" the legal constraints that control women's work constitutes a major barrier to any effort o change them, even though historically the Islamic Shari'a actually encourages women's work, and despite the fact that Muslim women have contributed materially to their society's economy. The author covers new ground as she effectively illustrates how Jordanian laws governing gender, family, and work combine with laws and legal philosophies derived from tribal, traditional, Islamic, and modern laws to form a strict patriarchal structure."

Off The Straight Path

Author : Elyse Semerdjian
ISBN : 9780815651550
Genre : Social Science
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The legal treatment of sexual behavior is a subject that receives little scholarly attention in the field of Middle East women’s studies. Important questions about the relationship between sexuality and the law and about the societies enforcing that relationship are rarely addressed in the current literature. Elyse Semerdjian’s "Off the Straight Path" takes a bold step toward filling that gap, offering a fascinating look at the historical progression of Islamic law’s treatment of illicit sex. Semerdjian provides a comprehensive review of the concept of zina, sexual indiscretion, exploring the diverse interpretation of zina crime as presented in a variety of sources from the Qur’an and hadith to legal literature. She then delves into the history of legal responses to zina within the specific community of Aleppo, Syria. Drawing on a wealth of shari ’a court records, Semerdjian brings to life Syrian society during the Ottoman period. With vivid detail, she describes specific women’s lives and experiences as their cases are presented before the court. Semerdjian argues that the actual treatment of zina crimes in the courts differs substantially from sentences prescribed by codifed Islamic jurisprudence. In contrast to the violent corporal punishments dictated in the Islamic legal code, the courts often punished crimes of sexual indiscretion with nonviolent sentences, such as removal from the community. Employing exceptional insight, "Off the Straight Path" presents a powerful challenge to the traditional view of Islamic law, enabling a richer understanding of Islamic society.

Masculine Identity In The Fiction Of The Arab East Since 1967

Author : Samira Aghacy
ISBN : 9780815650898
Genre : Arabic fiction
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Through a series of close readings of twenty contemporary Arabic novels, Aghacy presents a mosaic of masculinities that challenges the generally held view of an essentialized archetypal Arab man and mirrors a contested vision of manliness where men figure in diverse sociocultural environments. This groundbreaking work reveals the volatile nature of masculinity and its inextricability from femininity.

Living Palestine

Author : Līzā Tarākī
ISBN : 0815631073
Genre : Social Science
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This groundbreaking volume takes an insightful look at how entire households, families, and individuals cope, negotiate their lives, and plan to achieve goals in Occupied Palestine. Contributors raise critical questions about such issues as tradition vs. modernity and the socio-cultural consequences of emigration. Living Palestine posits that household dynamics (i.e., kin-based marriage, fertility decisions, children's education, and living arrangements) cannot be fully grasped unless linked to the traumas of the past and worries of the present. Likewise, that family strategies for survival and social mobility under occupation are swept up in the tide of history that engulfs the world in which Palestinians live and struggle as individuals, households, and as a society. Living Palestine is drawn from an expansive 1999 research project of the Institute for Women's Studies at Birzeit University

Gender And Dance In Modern Iran

Author : Ida Meftahi
ISBN : 9781317620617
Genre : History
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Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage investigates the ways dancing bodies have been providing evidence for competing representations of modernity, urbanism, and religiosity across the twentieth century. Focusing on the transformation of the staged dancing body, its space of performance, and spectatorial cultural ideology, this book traces the dancing body in multiple milieus of performance, including the Pahlavi era’s national artistic scene and the popular café and cabaret stages, as well as the commercial cinematic screen and the post-revolutionary Islamized theatrical stage. It links the socio-political discourses on performance with the staged public dancer, in order to interrogate the formation of dominant categories of "modern," "high," and "artistic," and the subsequent "othering" of cultural realms that were discursively peripheralized from the "national" stage. Through the study of archival and ethnographic research as well as a diverse literature pertaining to music, theater, cinema, and popular culture, it combines a close reading of primary sources such as official documents, press materials, and program notes with visual analysis of filmic materials and imageries, as well as interviews with practitioners. It offers an original and informed exploration into the ways performing bodies and their public have been associated with binary notions of vice and virtue, morality and immorality, commitment and degeneration, chastity and eroticism, and veiled-ness and nakedness. Engaging with a range of methodological and historiographical methods, including postcolonial, performance, and feminist studies, this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Middle East history and Iranian studies, as well as gender studies and dance and performance studies.

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