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Book review - Sorrow and joy among Muslim women : the Pukhtuns of Northern Pakistan, by Amineh Ahmed

Bryce, Derek (2009) Book review - Sorrow and joy among Muslim women : the Pukhtuns of Northern Pakistan, by Amineh Ahmed. [Review]

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Abstract

This engaging ethnographic study is immediately useful in methodological terms for readers in the field of social anthropology. Yet its utility also extends to a potentially wider audience, such as this reviewer, from a cultural studies background, interested in the problematic representation of the supposed irreconcilability of 'Islamic culture' with 'modernity'. The book focuses upon the embodiment as opposed to the textuality of this discursive interplay. Thus the particular frame within which Amineh Ahmed approaches this wider subject is an examination of the set of reciprocal social practices centring on death, illness, marriage and birth (gham-khadi or sorrow and joy) amongst networks of wealthy, elite women or bibiane (l), of Pakistan's Pukhtun ethno-linguistic group in 'traditional' rural, 'modern' urban and, indeed, international contexts.

Item type: Review
ID code: 16610
Keywords: gender studies, lesbian studies, health and medical anthropology, medical sociology, public health, sex education, sexuality, The family. Marriage. Women, Health(social science), Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Subjects: Social Sciences > The family. Marriage. Women
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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    Depositing user: Dr Derek Bryce
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 13:42
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 04:05
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16610

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