Women in Saudi Arabia : ideology and behavior among the elite /
Soraya Altorki.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1986.
183 p.
023106182X (alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, 1986.
023106182X (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [171]-175.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-01:
This is about both continuity and change in the lives of the elite of Jiddah. The women of thirteen families belonging to three generations were studied for more than a decade. Women's roles within the home, religious sphere, and societal strictures, as well as women's relations with family, friends, and men, are reviewed. Using religious rituals, residence patterns, marital choice, and veiling and seclusion customs as examples (among others), Altorki notes that both ideology and social organization have helped shape women's lives. These women are not in a static environment. Rather, they are enlarging their autonomy through definition and manipulation of norms and religious doctrine, albeit within confines still defined by men. Highly recommended for informed laypersons as well as specialists. Frada L. Mozenter, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte Lib.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-07:
Of interest to specialists in social change generally, but especially to those concerned with the dynamics of women's roles over time, this is an unusually valuable and timely report. Done by an experienced anthropologist, the study covers fieldwork over the course of 13 years (1971-1984), the period coinciding with the explosion of Persian Gulf oil wealth and its attendant pressures. The work is a classic participant observer/native informant analysis (Altorki herself being a ``native''). Clearly written though technical, it compares the family social worlds of 13 of Jidda's elite families (43 percent of the total) over three generations. Included are a helpful glossary, a bibliography (predominantly Western works), an index, and full footnotes. Altorki's analysis provides an exciting counterpoint to Women and Revolution in Iran, ed. by Guity Nashat (CH, Mar '84). Other relevant materials include Muslim Women, ed. by Freda Hussein (CH, Dec '84); Vanessa Maher's Women and Property in Morocco (CH, Jun '75); and Middle Eastern Muslim Women Speak, ed. by E.W. Fernea and B.Q. Bezirgan (CH, Jun '77). College, university, and public libraries.-G.H. Gardner, Alfred University
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Library Journal, January 1986
Choice, July 1986
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