• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

bedouin society

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Lila Abu-Lughod studied the Bedouin society in her book Veiled Sentiments. She lived among the Bedouins and became a part of their culture for two years studying the interpersonal relationships between the males and females of that culture. In the book, Abu-Lughod brings together the concepts of structure, hierarchy, ideology, and discourse to illustrate the Bedouin culture, and how the Awlad' Ali deal with sentiments. Veiled Sentiments is divided into two significant parts, The Ideology of Bedouin Social Life and Discourses on Sentiment, that come together to better express the culture of the Awlad' Ali, and how they view sentiments. Abu-Lughod uses part one to describe what she identifies as the ideology of life of the Awlad' Ali. In this particular part of the book, Abu-Lughod discusses the importance of bloodline; she observes that, "blood in the sense of genealogy, is the basis of Awlad' Ali Identity (p.44)." She expresses that kinship marks out each individual's social identity, from ones communal cultural identity to their position in the community as well as their relationship to others. ...read more.

Middle

Men that show emotion towards a woman are seen to be weak and are shunned upon by their male peers, as well as women in the community. "Women claim, for instance, that "real men" control all their dependents and beat their wives when the wives do stupid things ( p.89)". In many cases, the Awlad' Ali women associated beatings from their husbands as a loving gesture. The author continues her research by observing the meaning of women's veils. She reveals to the reader that women begin to veil when they get married, and sexually active, as a way to cover sexual shame. Women also veil when they are embarrassed about any sexual comments made in their presence. As Abu- Lughod goes further into veiling, the reader can conclude that sexual emotions as well as sentiments aren't received openly among the community. Women that are received as honorable among the Awlad' Ali, are those that completely deny their sexuality. Once more, sexuality is definitely taboo among the Bedouin people, especially for women. In part two of Veiled Sentiments, specifically chapter five through seven, the author supports the theme of her ethnographic research by extensively discussing the ideas and practices of poetic discourse among the Awlad' Ali. ...read more.

Conclusion

Since writing poetry is one of my hobbies, I was intrigued by the fact that poetry was literally the only way for the Awlad' Ali to express any sentiment. Abu- Lughod in depth research not only intrigued me with its inclusion of sample Ghinnawas, but it also made many of my emotions surface. I found myself disagreeing with much of the Bedouin beliefs, especially the ideals of the honor code and their view on modesty. I was also angered by the fact that the women were extremely dependent on their husbands. The thing that bothered me the most was the way the women related beatings from their husbands to love. In my opinion, the Bedouin way of life is similar to that of fundamental Islam because of the way women veil themselves, and the social hierarchy that is present in the Bedouin society. All in all, this was definitely an interactive read for me that brought out many of my own emotions and opinions on a societies' way of life. I like the fact that the book was very informative, and written in an basic format, which made the book easier to read. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Anthropology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Anthropology essays

  1. Discuss the view that Adorno and Horkeimer's arguments are unduly pessimistic and irrelevant to ...

    This is how the technological veil and the myth of the positive are woven. If the real becomes an image insofar as in its particularity it becomes as equivalent to the whole as one Ford car is to all others of the same range, then the image, on the other hand, turns into immediate reality", (Adorno and Horkeimer, 1991:55).

  2. What do men like about women and why?

    preferred in women and large feet being preferred in men, however disputed evolutionary hypothesis predicting asymmetrical preferences, with the average phenotype being preferred in men, as according to evolutionary accounts small feet are problematic and associated with pelvic insufficiency. Symmetry is yet another measure of attractiveness that men use when

  1. Anglo Thought and Anti-Mexican Sentiment

    This propaganda, he goes on to explain, later "became entrenched as history," (Preface). Unfortunately, such propaganda led to the actual self-criticisms of the Spaniards. In many cases, they would come to hate their own heritage as much as other cultures despised them.

  2. Sufism in Islam is a widespread popular form of mystic or esoteric Islam.

    a solitary place.7 The founder of the Khalwatiyya is widely regarded to be Umar al-Khalwati who died in 1397. His master was Mohammed ibn Nur al-Balisi and was known as al-Khalwati because of his frequent spiritual retreats and some regard him as the first pir (master).

  1. "Kinship must, ultimately, refer to biology and genealogy". Discuss.

    This illustrates that Thomas is right in suggesting substance can be misleading in itself, therefore does not give a fixed definition of kinship. Furthermore, Turner advocates that it is not actually the solid substance that determines the relationship between of kin in terms of biology, but it is rather the

  2. Manipulating the Personal Journeys of Identity: Westernization and the Ottoman and Republican understandings of ...

    However, it may limit the ability to make a general argument, as the heterogeneous nature of the Middle East, and of the non-West in general, would interfere with the notion of one specific way of dealing with Western influence. The variety of cultures within the region would challenge a stereotypical

  1. To what extent are the concepts of ideology and discourse significant in explaining the ...

    and loaded with meaning"3. Thus, the notion of discourse explains the shape of culture as an ideology, I mean as a way of seeing the world. 2. Culture, a social process The idea of discourse as human actions and representations lets us understand that culture is not a natural production but a social one4.

  2. The dominant ideology that colonised "Terra Australis" and went on to construct "Australia" was ...

    This in part was probably due to work that still needed to be done to establish a new country. In Australia today, what we are more inclined to perceive, is a very superficial, politically correct democratic system, based around notions of equality for all marginalised groups eg ethnic races and gender groups.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work