Hansen, Henny Harald. The Kurdish woman's life: field research in a Muslim society, Iraq

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Title: The Kurdish woman's life: field research in a Muslim society, Iraq

Published By: Kobenhavn: Nationalmuseet, 1961. ix, 213 p., 99 plates: ill., maps

By line: by Henny Harald Hansen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Kurds (MA11)


Abstract: This is an excellent monograph Kurdish women. During her four month stay in Kurdish homes, Hansen, with the aid of an interpreter, collected data on almost every phase of women's lives. Hansen argues that Kurdish women do not constitute a homogeneous group and she delineates four subgroups; village aristocrat, peasant women, educated urban women, and uneducated urban women. In her study, Hansen includes the analysis of the latent and negative functions of Kurdish woman's activities and of psychological factors, thus challenging the previous writers' ethnocentric and male view on the Kurdish woman's status. This monograph contains comprehensive data on the material surroundings of the Kurdish woman such as dwellings, clothing, food, domestic implements, and on daily routines, life cycle, child care, and their religious activities.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: ma11-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 198) A list of Kurdish terms employed, and the list of ethnographical specimens are located on pp. 205-208. For the explanation of footnotes, see pp. 187-197.

Field Date: 1957

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Hesung C. Koh ; 1962

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Iraq

LCSH: Kurds


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