Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society: Updated with a New Preface

Author(s): Lila Abu-Lughod

Middle East | Literature

This updated edition is presented 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 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.


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Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories (California, 1993) and editor of Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East (1998).

General Fields

  • : 9780520224735
  • : University of California Press
  • : University of California Press
  • : 0.463
  • : March 2000
  • : 229mm X 152mm X 22mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lila Abu-Lughod
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 356
  • : 19 black-and-white photographs, 1 map