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Behind Closed Doors: Women's Oral Narratives in Tunis #2020

Behind Closed Doors Women s Oral Narratives in Tunis Tunis has a long history of city life reaching back to ancient times The Arabic language is firmly rooted among its inhabitants and most embrace the morals and culture of Islam Behind Closed Doors pre

  • Title: Behind Closed Doors: Women's Oral Narratives in Tunis
  • Author: Monia Hejaiej Laura Rice
  • ISBN: 9780813523774
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Behind Closed Doors: Women's Oral Narratives in Tunis By Monia Hejaiej Laura Rice, Tunis has a long history of city life reaching back to ancient times The Arabic language is firmly rooted among its inhabitants and most embrace the morals and culture of Islam Behind Closed Doors presents forty seven tales told by three Beldi women, members of a historic and highly civilized community, the city s traditional elite Tale telling is important to all BeldiTunis has a long history of city life reaching back to ancient times The Arabic language is firmly rooted among its inhabitants and most embrace the morals and culture of Islam Behind Closed Doors presents forty seven tales told by three Beldi women, members of a historic and highly civilized community, the city s traditional elite Tale telling is important to all Beldi women, and the book examines its role in their shared world and its significance in the lives of the three tellers.Tales are told at communal gatherings to share and pass on Beldi women s secret lore of love, marriage and destiny Ghaya Sa diyya and Kheira tell stories which echo their life experience and have deep meanings for them Their tales reflect accepted moral codes, and yet many depict attitudes, relationships, and practices that contradict established norms Whereas Kheira presents a conservative and moralistic view of the role of women, Sa diyya s heroines are alive with sexual energy, and Ghaya s stories also offer racy and rebellious comments on a woman s lot These contradictory visions offer a kaleidoscopic view of the position of women in the rich life of a historic North African city.

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    1 thought on “Behind Closed Doors: Women's Oral Narratives in Tunis

    1. It is quite difficult to separate a person s perceptions and preconceived notions from experiences that seem alien and unfamiliar Divergent concepts and beliefs become a source of paralysis and combustion that blind and obfuscate the person s judgment The contemporary, western mind unrestricted and fostered by liberal and radical principles habitually turns a prejudicial eye towards anything that challenges the idea of individuality and freedom, rashly judging before trying to understand the sou [...]

    2. This collection of folkloric stories from historic and modern day Tunis, Tunisia, were collected by from three contemporary women from the Beldi or elite class in Tunis by author Monia Hejaiej, who recorded a total of 47 their stories in spoken Arabic and translated them into written English To be honest, I enjoyed Hejaiej s introduction and background on women in Tunisia and the reasons behind their story telling than I enjoyed the stories themselves The tales, while full of local color and cu [...]

    3. Most Americans are disassociated with Tunisia and the rich cultural history of story telling coming from the culture of Arabic women This book gives insight to other references to such stories that are inspired by the verbal tradition such as the Arabian Knights The author has done an excellent job in coming up with an interesting idea from which to dedicate her research.

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