Cradle of Islam: The Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity

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I.B.Tauris, 23 лип. 2004 р. - 226 стор.
In 1932, the Al Saud family officially incorporated the Kingdom of the Hijaz into the new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Hijazis became a people without a country of their own. Cradle of Islam focuses on contemporary Hijazi life and culture made subservient to the dominant national rules of Saudi Arabia, as dictated by a political and religious elite rooted in the central Najd region of the country. But centralisation was not enough to assimilate or tame Saudi Arabia's distinct regional cultures. The Al Saud family could rule but not fully integrate. This book is an insider's account of the hidden world of the Hijazis including their rituals which have helped to preserve Hijazi identity until now.
 

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The Hijazi awail and the Preservation of Hijazi
21
The Political Awakening of the Hijazi awail
39
The Mutawwifin
42
Buyut tijariyya
51
The Privatisation of Resistance
57
Receiving the Newborn into the World
63
The Return of the Mawlid
70
Marriage and Social Status
77
The Art of Formal
123
Shelter from Scrutiny
130
A Tradition of Cosmopolitan Cuisine
137
Conspicuous Consumption and Protection from
143
The Adaptation
149
Assuming a Greater Modesty
156
Conclusion
163
From Rules to Boundaries
169

Wedding Preparations and Ceremonies
86
The Dukhla and Social Stratification
96
The Hijazi Ways of Death
103
Religious Spectacle and the Ceremonial Revival
111
The Burial Ground
118
Deconstructing the awail
177
Select Glossary
197
Notes
213
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Mai Yamani is a research fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London and has written and broadcast widely on her native Saudi Arabia.

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