Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East, Second Edition

Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East, Second Edition

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"[A] timely, well-researched and written analysis of popular and private life that is too often underestimated or overlooked yet which constitutes the majority of human existence in a region too often viewed from the narrow constraints of the state and its unrepresentative elites." -John Entelis"The broadening of Islamic studies (or regional studies on Islam) to include study of ordinary people, their daily lives, and popular cultures has been long overdue. [An] extremely interesting and innovative study which, in its own way, successfully challenges the pervasive misperception of the Middle East simply as a conflict-prone region." -Journal of Islamic Studies"... provides useful background reading for introductory courses to everyday history of the Middle East." -Journal of Palestine Studies"presents a grassroots look at what it is like to actually live in the Muslim Middle East... from Aghanistan and Iran to Morocco. [It] shows how religion is an important part, but not the sole part, of these people's lives." -Middle East Insight"This book is a welcome addition to the literature...." -The American Journal of Islamic Social SciencesFocusing on the experiences of ordinary men, women, and children from across the Middle East, from Iran and Afghanistan in the east to Morocco in the west, the 35 stories, poems, and essays collected in this anthology vividly convey an intimate sense of life in the Middle East today. Newly revised and updated to reflect recent changes in Middle East politics and society, this anthology will engage students and scholars of this vast and complex region.Contributors include Lila Abu-Lughod, Jon W. Anderson, Walter Armbrust, Bishara Bahbah, Brian Barber, Anne H. Betteridge, Annabelle Boucher, Donna Lee Bowen, Steven C. Caton, Dawn Chatty, Driss Chraibi, Susan Shaefer Davis, Kevin Dwyer, Evelyn A. Early, Christine Eickelman, Dale Eickelman, Elizabeth Fernea, Angel Foster, Erika Friedl, Steve Howard, Michael E. Jansen, Margaret Mills, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Emily Nasrallah, Kristina Nelson, Susan Ossman, Tayib Salih, Diane Singerman, Susan Slyomovics, Jenny White, and Quintan Wiktorowicz.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 38 b&w photographs
  • 0253214904
  • 9780253214904
  • 1,667,308

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"[A] timely, well-researched and written analysis of popular and private life that is too often underestimated or overlooked yet which constitutes the majority of human existence in a region too often viewed from the narrow constraints of the state and its unrepresentative elites." - John Entelis "The broadening of Islamic studies (or regional studies on Islam) to include study of ordinary people, their daily lives, and popular cultures has been long overdue. [An] extremely interesting and innovative study which, in its own way, successfully challenges the pervasive misperception of the Middle East simply as a conflict-prone region." - Journal of Islamic Studies "... provides useful background reading for introductory courses to everyday history of the Middle East." - Journal of Palestine Studies "presents a grassroots look at what it is like to actually live in the Muslim Middle East ... from Aghanistan and Iran to Morocco. [It] shows how religion is an important part, but not the sole part, of these people's lives." - Middle East Insight "This book is a welcome addition to the literature..." - The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciencesshow more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: IntroductionPart 1: Generations and Life PassagesIntroduction1. Traditional Songs from Boir Ahmad Erika Friedl2. Growing Up in Morocco Susan Shaefer Davis3. Explosion Emily Nasrallah4. `Of the Dust and the Wind': Arranged Marriage in Afghanistan Margaret Mills5. Two Weddings Jenny White6. Editing al-Fajr: A Palestinian Newspaper in Jerusalem Bishara Bahbah7. The Son's Return Driss Chraibi8. The Funeral Driss ChraibiPart 2: Gender RelationsIntroduction9. Sexuality and Sexual Health of Young Tunisian Women Angel Foster10. A Thorny Side of Marriage in Iran Erika Friedl11. Harasiis Marriage, Divorce and Companionship Dawn Chatty12. Oil, Fertility and Women's Status in Oman Christine Eickelman13. Law Stories Ziba Mir-Hosseini14. The Veiled Revolution Elizabeth FerneaPart 3: Home, Community, and WorkIntroduction15. The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid Tayeb Salih16. Abortion and the Ethics of Life Donna Lee Bowen17. Worlds of Beauty in Morocco Susan Ossman18. Chalk and Dust: Teachers' Lives in Rural Sudan Steve Howard19. Networking in Cairo Diane Singerman20. Politics, Politics, and More Politics: Youth Life Experience in the Gaza Strip Brian Barber21. Islamist Activism in Jordan Quintan WiktorowiczPart 4: Popular Expression of ReligionIntroduction22. Inside the Islamic Reformation Dale Eickelman23. The Sound of the Divine in Daily Life Kristina Nelson24. Abu Illya and Zakat Donna Lee Bowen25. An American Woman on the Hajj Michael E. Jansen26. Abdul Qadar and the Sheep of `Aid al-Adha Donna Lee Bowen27. Women and Shrines in Shiraz Anne H. Betteridge28. Transmission of Sunni Islamic Knowledge in Syria Annabelle Boucher29. Islam's New Interpreters Jon W. AndersonPart 5: Performance and EntertainmentIntroduction30. Syrian Television Drama: Permitted Political Discourse Evelyn A. Early31. Christmatizing Ramadan Walter Armbrust32. Moroccan Film-making: A Long Voyage through the Straits of Paradox Kevin Dwyer33. Prison Literature and Human Rights Susan Slyomovics34. "To Mount at-Tiyal He Declared": Some Poetry from the Yemeni Civil War Steven C. Caton35. Sad Songs of the Western Desert Lila Abu-LughodGlossarySelected ReadingsContributorsIndexshow more

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