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Honor & Shame: Women in Modern Iraq

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A unique and often shocking testimony, Honour and Shame gives access for the first time to the world of Iraqi women. Ranging from executives to illiterate housewives, the women speak with extraordinary frankness of sex and marriage, physical and mental violence, the fear of scandal, and their indoctrination into the ideology of honour and shame. <BR>Their words are frequently moving: 'We started to have problems the first day we met. He raped me in the train on our wedding day. I was 13 years old.' 'Sex is the most important thing to my husband. He always wants me to dress up in my sexiest nightgown and respond happily and willingly to all his desires...To tell you the truth, I don't care much about sex.' 'He beats me whenever he feels angry or upset. I always forgive him. I say to myself, where can I go after all?' <BR>On the basis of an in-depth study conducted over several years, the author -who herself comes from this society- builds a picture of Iraqi women's lives from birth to old age. Although the book's main focus is on Iraq, there are many thought-provoking cross-cultural comparisons between Third World women and women in Western societies.<BR>

About the Author

Sana al-Khayyat was born in Iraq, and holds a PhD in sociology from Keele University. She lives in the UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

The Interviews

Housewives

Teachers

Higher Professionals

Ethnic and Religious Background

Fear of Being Interviewed Home and the Outside World

1. The Pressure to Conform

The Ideology of Honour and Shame

Attitudes towards Girls

Growing up Female -the Concept of Femininity

The Family Name

Obedience

Virginity and Chastity

Puberty

Mothers and Daughters

Parents and Daughters

A Daughter's Education

Life for Children Today

2. 'Choosing' a Partner

Traditional and Contemporary Marriages

Marriage between Cousins

Love and Marriage

Girls' Expectations of Future Husbands Fate and Destiny

Why Women Marry

3. Worlds Apart: Sexual Life for Women and Men Attitudes towards Sex

Sex and Knowledge Sex and Duty Sex and Love

4. Relationships

Companionship in Marriage

Husbands as Outsiders

Husbands who Drink

Absent Husbands

Going Out Together

Women and Leisure

Relationship with the In-Laws

Important Events in a Woman's Life

Death and the Mourning Period

5. Majida, Muna and Sabiha: Three Case Studies

Majida

Muna

Sabiha

An Egyptian Comparison

6. The Daily Grind: Housework

The Iraqi House and its Upkeep

The Iraqi Meal

Other Household Jobs

Husbands and Housework

Gadgets and Servants

Working Mothers 'Rewards' for Housework Training for Domesticity

7. Independence: Is Divorce a Solution?

Independence within Marriage

Ending a Marriage

Women's View of Liberation

Conclusion

Traditional Oppression and the Resulting Conflicts for Women

Universal Oppression

Options for Change

The Impact of Modernization

Has Education Made any Difference?

Has Paid Work Made any Difference?

Domestic Work and Paid Work, the Undervaluation of Women's Labour

Appendix I: Personal Information about Interviewees and their Families

Appendix II: Education, Qualifications and Occupations of Interviewees and their Families

Notes

Select Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780863560507
Author:
Khayyat, Sana Al
Publisher:
Saqi Books
Author:
al-Khayyat, Sana
Author:
Khayyat, Sana
Location:
London :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Socialization
Subject:
Women -- Socialization -- Iraq.
Subject:
General Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 225-232.
Series Volume:
500-173.
Publication Date:
20010201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.500 x 5.500 in

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