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Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories Paperback – 4 Nov 1993

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"In "Writing Women's Worlds, Bedouin women are the narrators of their own lives; they are not the subjects or objects of ideas projected by the ethnographer's imagination. . . . This will be an important work in the field of international feminist studies for some time to come. . . . An excellent effort to 'decolonize' a people in writing and to alter the usual preconceived ideas the Western reader brings to studies of Arabs and Muslim women."--"Women's Review of Books

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Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of "Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society" (California, 1986) and the co-editor, with C. Lutz, of "Language and the Politics of Emotion" (1990).

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On a quiet day toward the end of 1979, the second year I had been living in the community, I asked Migdim whether she would tell me her life story. Read the first page
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Engrossing 25 Feb. 2003
By Cynthia - Published on
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This book gives intimate details of the events most important to the women involved-- family dynamics, marriage, childbirth, and so forth. Because Ms. Abu-Lughod seems to have become almost a member of the family, the book reads like an insider's rather than outsider's account. It is affectionate without becoming sentimental or lacking in objectivity.
Fascinating! 4 Aug. 2001
By AvalonSilver - Published on
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I am not usually particularly intrigued by anthropological or ethnographic treatises, but this one is very well-written and very interesting. The author plays with narrative styles and tells stories as just that-- stories-- even as she describes a life in an Egyptian Bedouin community that many readers will not have imagined, let alone experienced.
Highly reccomended.
Good look into another world 16 Aug. 2012
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A very insightful look into a world that many of us would never otherwise venture into. The author takes a very personal interest, and presents the subject from a very intimate viewpoint, such as a scene of women around the dinner table, or out and about shopping. After reading this novel I have acquired a bigger appreciation of the struggles of the women in these worlds, and have gained a similar appreciation for how far we've come since then. A very interesting read. Easy to read for any level of interest, whether you're reading this for a class, work, or for personal enrichment.
It is boring and repetitive 11 Aug. 2015
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I was so looking forward to learning about the lives of Bedouin women. I am half way through and frankly, It is boring and repetitive.
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