'Brothers' or Others?: Propriety and Gender for Muslim Arab Sudanese in Egypt
Berghahn Books, 1. 3. 2008 - Počet stran: 204
Muslim Arab Sudanese in Cairo have played a fundamental role in Egyptian history and society during many centuries of close relations between Egypt and Sudan. Although the government and official press describes them as "brothers" in a united Nile Valley, recent political developments in Egypt have underscored the precarious legal status of Sudanese in Cairo. Neither citizens nor foreigners, they are in an uncertain position, created in part through an unusual ethnic discourse which does not draw principally on obvious characteristics of difference. This rich ethnographic study shows instead that Sudanese ethnic identity is created from deeply held social values, especially those concerning gender and propriety, shared by Sudanese and Egyptian communities. The resulting ethnic identity is ambiguous and flexible, allowing Sudanese to voice their frustrations and make claims for their own uniqueness while acknowledging the identity that they share with the dominant Egyptian community.
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Indeed, 'Sudanese' and 'Egyptian' national identities are both constructed
categories whose current political boundaries have been shaped by the history of
the Nile Valley and the interaction between peoples (Sharkey 2003). However,
Literature on the processes of ethnic identity negotiation often presupposes a
one-way interaction between dominant and subordinate populations, when
frequently minorities live in multiple cultural spaces. The characteristics of
The information presented in this book is based on my interaction with Sudanese
communities in Cairo as a participant observer. When I first began my research, I
sought advice on many fronts as to how to obtain official permissions and how ...
... of the Nile Valley. 'Being' Sudanese in Cairo means finding comfort in the
familiarity of Egyptian society and in the warm personal relationships forged long
before the current situation put regulatory obstacles in the way of human
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Chapter 5Muslim Arab Adab and Sudanese Ethnicity
Chapter 6A Sudanese Culture of Exile in Cairo
Chapter 7Gender Diaspora and Transformation
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