Through photographs and detailed case histories, Unni Wikan explores the strict segregation of women, the wearing of the "burqa" mask, the elaborate nuptial rituals, and the graceful quality of Oman's social relations.
"Wikan does provide insights into the real position of these secluded and segregated women. . . . All this is interesting and valuable."--Ahdaf Soueif, "Times Literary Supplement"
"The book is detailed, insightful, and . . . engrossing. Anyone interested in the day-to-day triumphs and sorrows of women who live 'behind the veil' will want to read this account."--"Arab Book World"
"Wikan, a fine ethnographer, has an eye for everything that is distinctive about the culture and . . . builds up a wholly convincing picture. Above all, there is a sustained attempt to penetrate the inner lives of these strangely serene people."--Frank H. Stewart, "Wilson Quarterly"
"This book will certainly be of interest to all scholars concerned with sexual identity in the Islamic world."--Henry Munson, "American Anthropologist"
|List of Illustrations|
|A Note on Transliteration|
|Introduction: Finding Our Way|
|Sohar: The First Exotic Glimpse|
|The Town and Its People|
|Segregation of the Sexes: Concept and Practice|
|Socialization to the Practice of Segregation|
|The BurqaFacial Mask|
|Honor and Self-realization|
|The Xanith: A Third Gender Role?|
|Diverse Interests in Marriage Establishment|
|The Bride Should Be a Virgin, the Groom Should Be a Man|
|The Visit of an Undutiful Daughter|
|Portrait of a Marriage|
|Role-realization in Marriage|
|Framework for the Analysis|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st January 1982
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Type: New edition