Beyond The Exotic

Beyond The Exotic

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This volume introduces new sources for the study of the past and present life of Muslim women that challenge paradigms about the ways in which they have been studied in the past. Most research has treated stereotypical images of Muslim women's outward manifestations, such as veiling, as passive and oppressive - women were depicted as different. Exoticizing (orientalizing) Muslim women - or Islamic society in general - has meant that they are dealt with outside of general women's history and thus have little to contribute to the writing of world history or to the life of their sisters worldwide. By approaching widely used sources with different questions and methodologies, and by using new or little-used research (with much primary research), this book redresses these deficiencies. Amira El-Azhary Sonbol and the contributors deconstruct the past and offer fresh new perspectives. church records involving non-Muslim women of the Arab world; archival court records dating from the present back to the Ottoman period; and the oral and material culture and its written record, including art and architecture, oral history, textbooks, sufi practices, and the politics of dress.that handiwork has a aquot;moral benefit, aquot; in addition to its material one, allowing the woman to fill her free time with a useful activity. ... male and female, devoted a portion of each academic year to an understanding of the weights, measures, and currencies used in Egypt. ... This unit in textbooks reflected the economic and political standing of the countrv. ... artisan, or peasant or just the third-person masculine singular in word problems relating to purchases and conversions.1a#39;2 Thus, theseanbsp;...

Title:Beyond The Exotic
Author:Amira El Azhary Sonbol
Publisher:Syracuse University Press - 2005


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