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Title: Sorrow and Joy among Muslim Women: The Pukhtuns of Northern Pakistan
Author: Ahmed, Amineh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521861694
Volumes: 1; Pages: 224
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The Pukhtuns are numerically and politically one of the most significant ethno-linguistic groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This important study of Pukhtun society concentrates on the lives, thoughts and gham-khadi (funerals-weddings) ceremonies of the women, especially of the elite, wealthy and educated women (Bibiane) who have largely been overlooked in previous studies. Contesting their conventional representation as idle, it illustrates their commitment to various forms of work within familial and social contexts. It challenges the commonly-assumed models of contemporary Pakistan society, which make a simplistic divide between rural and urban, Punjab and non-Punjab, and feudal and non-feudal spaces and peoples. It also contributes to broader debates about the nature and expression of elite cultures and issues of sociality, funerals and marriage, custom and religion, space and gender, morality and reason, and social role and personhood within the contexts of Islam in the Middle East and South Asia.
1. Gham-khadi: framework and fieldwork
2. From the inside-out: Bibiane's 'dual lives' in and beyond the house
3. The work of mourning
4. Celebrating khadi: communal Pukhtun weddings and clandestine internet marriages
5. The work of gham-khadi: 'not to do gham-khadi is shameful (sharam); to do it a burden'