Baladi Women of Cairo: Playing with an Egg and a Stone

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, Jan 1, 1993 - Social Science - 217 pages
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Traditional, urban Egyptian women - baladi women - extol themselves with the proverb, A baladi woman can play with an egg and a stone without breaking the egg. Evelyn Early illustrates this and other expressions of baladi women's self-identity by observing and recording their everyday discourse and how these women - who consider themselves destitute yet savvy - handle such matters as housing, work, marriage, religion, health and life in general.
  

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Contents

Spontaneous Performance and Everyday Life
1
Mameluke
29
Playing with an Egg and
51
To Dupe or Be Duped
63
Baladi Households
75
Processions and Vows
85
Let Me Tell You What Happened
131
Daily Life and WellBeing
161
Conclusion
197
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