Sowayan In reviewing the history of scholarship in the field of oral literature, we find that the theory of oral-formulaic composition and performance is one of its most outstanding landmarks. The application of this theory in its traditional conception as proposed by Milman Parry and enunciated by Albert Lord is rather sterile and restricted, however, in that it applies only to the poetic genre looked at strictly from a formal literary perspective. It is a surface-structure-oriented theory with very meager intellectual yield, not to mention being prone to gross misapplication. Examples of such limited approaches and misapplications are the works of James Monroe and Michael Zwettler on the tribal poetry of Pre-Islamic Arabia.
Table of Contents Frequent reports of honor killings, disfigurement, and sensational abuse have given rise to a consensus in the West, a message propagated by human rights groups and the media: Muslim women need to be rescued.
Lila Abu-Lughod boldly challenges this conclusion.
An anthropologist who has been writing about Arab women for thirty years, she delves into the predicaments of Muslim women today, questioning whether generalizations about Islamic culture can explain the hardships these women face and asking what motivates particular individuals and institutions to promote their rights.
In recent years Abu-Lughod has struggled to reconcile the popular image of women victimized by Islam with the complex women she has known through her research in various communities in the Muslim world.
Here, she renders that divide vivid by presenting detailed vignettes of the lives of ordinary Muslim women, and showing that the problem of gender inequality cannot be laid at the feet of religion alone.
Poverty and authoritarianism—conditions not unique to the Islamic world, and produced out of global interconnections that implicate the West—are often more decisive. Do Muslim Women Need Saving?1 Ce texte est la traduction, par Carole Gayet-Viaud de: Abu Lughod Lila, «Writing Against Culture», in Richard G.
Fox (ed.), Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present, Santa Fé, School of American Research Press, , p. 2 Aucune des personnes, vis-à-vis desquelles je me sens en dette et sur lesquelles je me suis . For their critical help and readings, we thank Lila Abu-Lughod, Lori Allen, Micaela di Leonardo, Tessa Farmer, Ilana Feldman, Katherine Hoffman, Shalini Shankar, Andrew Shryock, and .
Nov 01, · Lila Abu-Lughod is a professor at Columbia University and the author of the new book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?.
The views expressed are solely her own.
The views expressed are solely her own. Abu-Lughod is the author of a new book called Do Muslim Women Need Saving. Abu-Lughod’s new book offers important insights into understanding this paradox by deconstructing the populist rallying cries both nationally and across the globe which seek to ‘save Muslim women’ through “writing against culture”.
Lila Abu-Lughod boldly challenges this conclusion. An anthropologist who has been writing about Arab women for thirty years, she delves into the predicaments of Muslim women today, questioning whether generalizations about Islamic culture can explain the hardships these women face and asking what motivates particular individuals and .
Anthropologist Lila Abu Lughod’s idea of “writing against culture ” is the point of departure for deconstructing the image of the monstrous mother dom-inating portrayals of African American women who use crack cocaine.