A Social and Religious History of the Jews: High Middle Ages, 500-1200
This book explores the puzzling phenomenon of new veiling practices among lower middle class women in Cairo, Egypt. Although these women are part of a modernizing middle class, they also voluntarily adopt a traditional symbol of female subordination. How can this paradox be explained?
An explanation emerges which reconceptualizes what appears to be reactionary behavior as a new style of political struggle--as accommodating protest. These women, most of them clerical workers in the large government bureaucracy, are ambivalent about working outside the home, considering it a change which brings new burdens as well as some important benefits. At the same time they realize that leaving home and family is creating an intolerable situation of the erosion of their social status and the loss of their traditional identity. The new veiling expresses women's protest against this. MacLeod argues that the symbolism of the new veiling emerges from this tense subcultural dilemma, involving elements of both resistance and acquiescence.
MAGIC AND MYSTICISM
TION AND OF THE CHARIOT ATTITUDE TOWARD
THE FIRST FIVE CENTURIES
High Middle Ages
SEMANTICS RATIONALES AND HISTORY GOD AND
LAWS HOMILIES AND THE BIBLE
NUMERALS ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY IMAGE OF
PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
MEDICAL SCIENCE AND PRACTICE