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Behind the Veil in Arabia : Women in Oman - Unni Wikan

Behind the Veil in Arabia

Women in Oman

Paperback Published: 1st January 1982
ISBN: 9780226896830
Number Of Pages: 328

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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
Women's World
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
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ISBN: 9780226896830
ISBN-10: 0226896838
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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