Arab Society and Culture: An Essential Guide

Arab Society and Culture: An Essential Guide

By: Samir Khalaf (author), Roseanne Saad Khalaf (author)Paperback

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"Arab Society and Culture" is an essential reference for Middle Eastern Studies students and anyone interested in Middle Eastern literature and culture. It provides supplementary readings and wide-ranging essays that examine various dimensions of social and cultural change in Arab societies, paying particular attention to how local cultures adapt to global and post-modern transformations. The selections are informed by an effort to reconcile the largely analytical and empirical explorations of the social sciences with the more intuitive sensibilities of the literary imagination.

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Samir Khalaf is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research, American University of Beirut (AUB). His publications include Sexuality in the Arab World and Cultural Resistance (both Saqi). Roseanne Saad Khalaf is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at AUB. Her publications include Transit Beirut (Saqi) and Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women (Telegram).


Chapter 1: Promises of the Sociological and Literary Imagination Pamuk, Orhan. My Father's SuitcaseA". (The New Yorker, December 25, 2006 & January 1, 2007) Mills, C.W. The Promise. (The Sociological Imagination, 1972) Geertz, Clifford. From the Native's Point of View: On the Nature of Anthropological UnderstandingA" (Local Knowledge, 1983) Taylor, Charles. Three Malaises.A" (The Ethics of Authenticity, 1991) Russell, B. What I Have Lived For.A" (Autobiography, Bertrand Russell 1967) Chapter 2: Cultural Variations in Everyday Life Pamuk, Orhan. Huzun.A" Istanbul (Istanbul, Memories of a City, 2005) El Guindi, Fadwa. The Veil Becomes a Movement.A" (Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance, 1999) Deeb, Lara. Women's Community Service in Beirut.A" (ISIM Review, December 2002) Davis, Susan. Growing up in Morocco.A" (Everyday Life in the Muslim World, 2002) Chapter 3: Negotiating Identities in Dissonant Worlds Said, Edward. Between Worlds.A" (Reflections on Exile, 2000) Maalouf, Amin. Damaged Identities and Violence.A" (The Name of Identity: Violence & the Need to Belong, 2001) Khalaf, Rosanne Saad. Living Between Worlds.A" (Transit Beirut, 2004) Azzi, Mohamed Farid. Maghrebi Youth: Between Alienation & Integration.A" (North Africa in Transition, 1999) Yamani, Mai. Saudi Identity: Negotiating between Tradition & Modernity (Change of Identities: The Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia, 2000) Chapter 4: Behavioral Departures & Alternative Life Styles El-Saadawi, Nawal. Circumcision of Girls.A" (The Hidden Face of Eve, 1981) Zoepf, Katherine. A Dishonorable Affair.A" (The New York Times Magazine, September 23, 2007) Khalaf, Samir. The Commercialization of Sexual Outlets.A" (Heart of Beirut: Reclaiming the Bourj, 2006) McCormick, Jared. Transition Beirut: Gay Identities and Lived Realities.A" (Sexuality in the Arab World, 2006) Chapter 5: The Empowerment of Marginalized Groups Khalaf, Samir. On Roots and Routes.A" (Lebanon in Postwar Limbo, 2003) Gazzah, Miriam. Maroc-Hop: Music and Youth Identities.A" (ISIM Review 16, Autumn 2005) Harmsen, Egbert. Between Empowerment & Paternalism.A" (ISIM Review, Autumn 2007) Meijer, Roel. "Alienation or Integration of Arab Youth: Between Family, State & Street. (Alienation or Integration of Arab Youth, 2000). Chapter 6: Gender Revisited Ismail, Salwa. Youth, Gender, and the State in Cairo: Marginalized Masculinities and Contested Spaces (Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters, 2006) Salamandra, Christa. Consumption, Display and Gender in Damascus.A" (A New and Old Damascus: Authenticity & Distinction in Urban Syria, 2004) Ghoussoub, Mai. Missed Opportunities: Me and my Gender.A" (The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East, 2001) Chapter 7: Shifting Family Patterns Hoodfar, Homa. Marriage, Family & Household in Cairo.A" (Between Marriage & the Market) Joseph, Suad. Brother-Sister Relationship.A" (Intimate Selving in Arab Families, 1999) Hamadeh, Najla. Wives or Daughters: Differences Between Urban & Bedouin Lebanese Wives.A" (Intimate Selving in Arab Families, 1999) Chapter 8: Religion and Ritual Hashmi, Nadia. Immigrant Children in Europe: Constructing a Transnational Identity.A" (Between Europe & Islam, 2000) Schubel, V.J. Karbala as Sacred Space among North American Shi'a.A" (Making Muslim Space in North America & Europe, 1996) Bayat, Asef. Piety, Privilege and Egyptian Youth.A" (ISIM Review, July 2002) Chapter 9: The Construction of Space: Local and Global Identities Deeb, Lara. Al-Dahiyya: Sight, Sound, Season.A" (An Enchanted Lebanon: Gender & Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon, 2006) Ghannam, Farha. Re-imagining the global: Relocation and Local Identities in Cairo.A" (Space, Culture & Power, 1997) Khalaf, Samir. The Bourj as a Cosmopolitan Public Sphere.A" (The Heart of Beirut, 2006) McCloud, Aminah. This is a Muslim Home.A" (Making Muslim Space in North America & Europe, 1996) Chapter 10: Eroticism, Desire and Sexual Identity Bouhdiba, Abdelwahab. Variations on Eroticism: Misogyny, Mysticism and Mujun.A" (Sexuality in Islam, 1998) Malti-Douglas, Fedwa. Narration and Desire: Shahrazad.A" (Women's Body, Women's World, 1991) Al-Khyayyat, Sana. Worlds Apart: Sexual life of Men and Women.A" (Honor & Shame: Women in Modern Iraq, 1990) Khalaf, Roseanne Saad. Breaking the Silence: What AUB Students Really Think About Sex.A" (Sexuality in The Arab World, 2006) Chapter 11: Beyond Expectations: The New Media in the Arab World Hafez, Kai. Mass Media in the Middle East: Patterns of Political and Societal Change.A" (Mass Media, Politics & Society in the Middle East, 2001) Abdallah, Ahmed. The Arabic Satellite News Network: Al-Jazeera.A" (Creating Spaces of Freedom, 2002) Kubala, Patricia. Satellite T.V. & Islamic Pop Culture in Egypt.A" (ISIM Review, Autumn, 2007) Chapter 12: Focus on Transnational Islam Ramadan, Tariq. Between Assimilation and Alienation.A" (To Be a European Muslim, 2003) Tibi, Bassam . Muslim Migrants in Europe: Between Euro-Islam and Ghettoization.A" (Muslim Europe or Euro Islam: Politics, Culture & Citizenship in the Age of Globalization) Pieterse Nederveen, Jan. Traveling Islam: Mosques without Minarets.A" (Space, Culture & Power, 1997) Scott, Joan. "Sexuality and the Politics of the Veil" (The Politics of the Veil, 2007)

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  • publication date: 01/12/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780863566165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 550
  • ID: 9780863566165
  • weight: 839
  • ISBN10: 0863566162

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