Veiled sentiments: honor and poetry in a Bedouin society
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986. xix, 317 p.: ill.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 1999. Computer File
Libyan Bedouin (MT09)
Drives and emotions (152);
Social personality (156);
Verbal arts (5310);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Gender status (562);
General sex restrictions (834);
Abu-Lughod examines two contrary discourses in Bedouin society. One discourse is the code of honor which supports the patriarchal and patrilineal system of the Bedouin. Women and young men practice voluntary deference, or HASHAM, to more powerful male elders. Emotions and sexuality are held in check by an enforced modesty for fear of undermining patriarchal authority and agnatic bonding. The other discourse is poetry which is the only accepted way to express personal love, longing, and loss. Poems are shared by friends and family, people of equal status, drawing them closer together. PLEASE NOTE: For the sake of readability, HRAF has removed the accents from characters that otherwise could not be displayed. See the original document for these characters.
Document ID: mt09-010
Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-307) and index
Ian Skoggard; 1998
Western Desert, Egypt