Aesthetics and Ritual in the United Arab Emirates: The Anthropology of Food and Personal Adornment Among Arabian Women

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This book deals with the anthropology of food and body rituals among women in the United Arab Emirates. The author shows that the pattern of aesthetic experience is governed by the interaction of cultural and religious norms which shape the characteristic social rituals of purification, hospitality and personal adornment which facilitate communication among individuals. The underlying symbolism, psychology and philosophy of something as well known as Arabian hospitality is revealed by combining anthropological and historical approaches to the study of popular culture. Separate chapters deal with the aesthetic features of different sense experiences related to traditional, individual, and social rituals. Individual chapters deal with the sense experience of food preparation, presentation and consumption by analyzing how the difference senses of touch, taste, sight and smell are brought into harmony to achieve aesthetic experience which corresponds to traditionally accepted Arabian and Islamic patterns of behavior in the U.A.E. Cooking, spices, and rituals of presentation and consumption are used to enhance the experience of eating by adding important aesthetic dimensions. The significance of the mask, as well as the use of jewelry and dyes such as henna, kohl, and indigo are discussed and illustrated with photographs taken by the author.

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Published by American University of Beirut, Beirut (1983)
ISBN 10: 0815660685 ISBN 13: 9780815660682
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Book Description American University of Beirut, Beirut, 1983. Cloth in Dust wrappers. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. xii, 115 pp.; frontispiece map, b/w photographs, figures, tables, appendices, notes, biblio. HARD BACK Binding, in dust wrappers. Copy in mint condition. New. The book deals with the anthropology of food and body rituals among women in the United Arab Emirates. Seller Inventory # 001805

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