Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East

Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East

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Focusing on the experience of ordinary men, women, and children from Iran and Afghanistan in the east to Morocco in the west, this anthology vividly conveys a 'grassroots' sense of Middle East culture and society today. The anthology locates Islam as a major influence in everyday life; however, it also demonstrates that other factors such as work patterns and community and gender relations are of great importance in shaping individuals' lives, beliefs, and hopes. Including essays, short stories, poetry, and photographs by Middle Eastern and Western scholars and writers with extensive firsthand experience, this interdisciplinary volume is organized around five themes: generations and life passages; gender relations; home, community, and work; popular expression of religion; and performance and entertainment.
A sampling of the thirty-four selections includes: Traditional Songs from "Boir Ahmad", "Growing Up in Morocco", "Arranged Marriage in Afghanistan", "Women and Sex", "The Veiled Revolution", "Rites of Hospitality and Aesthetics", "Editing al-Fajr: A Palestinian Newspaper in Jerusalem", "Suqs of the Middle East", "Selections from the Quran", "Girl on the Hajj", "Entertainment in the Marketplace", and "A Folk Revival in Morocco". A long-awaited and much-needed resource for courses in multicultural, Third World, and Middle Eastern studies.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • 37 b&w photos
  • 0253312531
  • 9780253312532

Table of contents

ILLUSTRATIONS FOLLOWING PAGES 65 AND 191 PREFACE NOTE ON TRASLITERATION Introduction Part I Generations and Life Passages Introduction Traditional Songs from Boir Ahmad Collect and Translated by Erika Friedl Growing Up in Morocco: Susan Schaefer Davis Children and War: Louise Berdal Memoirs of a Street Tough: Yusuf Abu Haggag Translated and Introduced by Everett K. Rowson Of the Dust and the Wind: Arranged Marriage in Afghanistan Margaret A. Mills The SonOs Return: Driss Chraibi The Funeral: Driss Chraibi Part II Gender Relations Introduction Women and Sex: Nawal El Saadawi Translated by Donna Lee Bowen Dilemmas of Adolescence: Courtship, Sex, and Marriage in a Moroccan Town Douglas A. Davis and Susan Schaefer Davis Pragmatic Morality: Islam and Family Planning in Morocco Donna Lee Bowen Fertility and Fate: Medical Practices among Baladi Women of Cairo Evelyn A. Early Personal Status Law in Sudan Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban The Veiled Revolution Elizabeth W. Fernea Part III Home, Community, and Work Introduction Rites of Hospitality and Aesthetics: Aida S. Kanafani The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid: Tayeb Salih The Nasiriyya Brotherhooh of Southern Morocco: James A. Miller and Donna Lee Bowen Lying, Honor, and Contradiction: Michael Gilsenan Editing al-Fajr: A Palestinian Newspaper in Jerusalem: Bishara Bahbah Hajj NejmOs Cures and Tales: Abdel-Salam Al Ujaili Translated by Evelyn A. Early Islam and Hajj BrahimOs World: John Waterbury Suqs of the Middle East: Commercial Centers Past and Present Robert Fernea Part IV Popular Expression of Religion Introduction Selections from the Quran Translated by Juan E. Campo The Sound of the Divine in Daily Life Kristina Nelson Abu Illya and Zakat: Donna Lee Bowen An American Woman on the Hajj: Michael E. Jansen Sayyida Zainab: The Chosen of Bani Hashim Muhammad Fahmi Abdal-Wahab Translated by Evelyn A. Early New YearOs Day at AliOs Shrine: Robert L. Canfield Women and Shrines in Shiraz: Anne H. Betteridge Part V Performance and Entertainment Introduction Humor: The Two-Edged Sword: Afaf Lutfi al Sayyid Marsot Darid Laham: Political Satirist as Modern Storyteller Evelyn A. Early To Mount at-Tiyal He Declared: Some Poetry from the Yemeni Civil War Steven C. Caton Entertainment in the Marketplace: Philip D. Schuyler Sad Songs of the Western Desert Lila Abu-Lughod A Folk Revival in Morocco Philip D. Schuyler Glossary Selected Readings Notes on Contributors Index
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