By Nancy Tapper
Bartered Brides is an in depth learn of marriage one of the Maduzai, a tribal society in Afghan Turkistan. it's the first examine of the realm which appears extensive at either the family elements of marriage and its relation to the effective and reproductive actions of ladies, in addition to marriage as a way of dealing with political and fiscal clash and festival. The fieldwork used to be conducted within the early Seventies earlier than the 1978 coup and Soviet invasion. during this appreciate the ebook bargains a distinct account of a global that has disappeared. Nancy Tapper provides either female and male views, certain case reports and historic and statistical fabric. As an ethnographic and ancient checklist, Bartered Brides breaks new floor within the learn of Islam, the center East and South-west Asia. because the such a lot certain and large dialogue of a center japanese marriage method so far, it contributes to wider anthropological reviews of marriage, politics and gender.
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The women at the wedding agreed to the idea with some delight. Then, quite unexpectedly, a heated row broke out between two of them, and was captured on tape. The women were very concerned that the swearing and personal comments would be heard by men, and I promised that I would not let this happen. However, children told the men what had occurred, and Hajji Ibrahim, among others, was greatly amused and curious to hear the recording. I refused and angered him greatly in doing so; RLT and I began seriously to fear that I had jeopardized our stay.
Equally we can not ignore or dismiss questions concerning the status of the outsider's perception of regularly patterned actions. Indeed, it seems to me incumbent on anthropologists today to ask, for instance, about the meaning of the incidence of divorce in a society. That is, so long as there exists some notion of 'divorce' and actions which are so described, then the consequences of these actions for social relations - and indeed, the very meaning of the indigenous notion itself - cannot be understood without considering the incidence of divorce.
In Saripul a number of powerful Uzbek families, descendants of former chiefs, are looked to by all local Uzbeks for political and religious guidance. There are small enclaves of other Turkic groups in the region, mostly refugees from the Soviet Union. Turkmens are numerous in the neighbouring districts of Shiberghan and Andkhoy, but few in Saripul. The Arabs, who are mainly pastoralists, live in several scattered communities in the Saripul vicinity and have little political unity. They claim descent from Arab tribes of the original Islamic conquests, but they now speak Persian and have assimilated some features of both Uzbek and Turkmen cultures.
Bartered Brides: Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan Tribal Society by Nancy Tapper