Arab society and culture : an essential reader / edited by Samir Khalaf, Roseanne Saad Khalaf.

London ; St. Paul, Minn. : Saqi, c2009.
544 p. ; 24 cm.


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Arab Society and Culture provides wide-ranging essays and supplementary readings that examine recent social and cultural change in Arab societies. From investigations of consumerism and Islam on the Internet to changing attitudes toward sex, gender, and homosexuality, this collection challenges stereotypes and assesses the impact of increasingly global and mobile lifestyles on family structure, public space, and private life. Emphasis is placed on how local cultures are adapting to global and postmodern transformations. Samples are taken from a wide range of writings on the Middle East, including essays by Orhan Pamuk, Bertrand Russell, Edward Said, Amin Maalouf, and Nawal El Saadawi. Many of the contributors have US academic posts and affiliations.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Promises of the sociological and literary imagination. My father's suitcase / Orhan Pamuk -- The promise / C. Wright Mills -- From The native's point of view : on the nature of anthropological understanding / Clifford Geertz -- Three malaises / Charles Taylor -- What I have lived for / Bertrand Russell -- 2. Cultural variations in everyday life. Hüzün / Orhan Pamuk -- The veil becomes a movement / Fadwa El Guindi -- Women's community service in Beirut / Lara Deeb -- Growing up in Morocco / Susan Schaefer Davis -- 3. Negotiating identities in dissonant worlds. Between world / Edward Said -- Damaged identities and violence / Amin Maalouf -- Living between worlds / Roseanne Saad Khalaf -- Maghrebi youth : between alienation and integration / Mohamed Farid Azzi -- Saudi identity : negotiating between tradition and modernity / Mai Yamani -- 4. Behavioral departures and alternative lifestyles. Circumcision of girls in Egypt / Nawal El Saadawi -- A dishonorable affair : chastity and honor killing in Syria / Katherine Zoepf -- The commercialization of sexual outlets in Lebanon / Samir Khalaf -- Transition Beirut : gay identities, lived realities : the balancing act in the Middle East / Jared McCormick -- 5. The empowerment of marginalized groups. On root and routes : the reassertion of primordial loyalties / Samir Khalaf -- Maroc-hop : music and youth identities / Miriam Gazzah -- Between empowerment & paternalism / Egbert Harmsen -- 6. Gender revisited. Youth, gender, and the state in Cairo : marginalized masculinities and contested spaces / Salwa Ismail -- Consumption, display, and gender / Christa Salamandra -- Missed opportunities : me and my gender / Mai Ghoussoub -- 7. Shifting family patterns. Marriage, family, and household in Cairo / Homa Hoodfar -- Brother-sister relationships : connectivity, love, and power in the reproduction of patriarchy in Lebanon / Suad Joseph -- Wives or daughters : structural differences between urban and Bedouin Lebanese co-wives / Najla S. Hamadeh -- 8. Religion and ritual. Immigrant children in Europe : constructing a transnational identity / Nadia Hashmi -- Karbala as sacred space among North American Shi'a / Vernon James Schubel -- Piety, privilege and Egyptian youth / Asef Bayat -- 9. The construction of space : local and global identities. Al-Dahiyya : sight, sound, and season / Lara Deeb -- Re-imagining the global : relocation and local identities in Cairo / Farha Ghannam -- The Bourj as cosmopolitan public sphere / Samir Khalaf -- "This is a Muslim house" : signs of difference in the African-American row house / Aminah Beverly McCloud -- 10. Eroticism, desire and sexual identity. Variations on eroticism : misogyny, mysticism and Mujun / Abdelwahab Bouhdiba -- Narration and desires : Shahrazâd / Fedwwa Malti-Douglas -- Worlds apart : sexual life for women and men in Iraq, attitudes towards sex / Sana Al-Khayyat -- Breaking the silence : what AUB students really think about sex / Roseanne Saad Khalaf -- 11. Beyond expectations : the new media in the Arab world. Mass media in the Middle East : patterns of political & societal change / Kai Hafez -- The Arabic satellite news network : Al-Jazeera / Ahmed Abdalla -- The music video and Muslim piety : satellite television and Islamic pop culture in Egypt / Patricia Kubala -- 12. Focus on transnational Islam. To be a European Muslim / Traiq Ramadan -- Muslim migrants in Europe : between Euro-Islam and ghettoization / Bassam Tibi -- Travelling Islam : mosques without minarets / Jan Nederveen Pieterse -- Sexuality and the politics of the veil / Joan Scott.
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