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Bedouins by the LakeEnvironment, Change, and Sustainability in Southern Egypt$
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Ahmed Belal and John Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161988

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161988.001.0001

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Bedouin Culture: Stability and Change1

Bedouin Culture: Stability and Change1

(p.127) 5 Bedouin Culture: Stability and Change1
Bedouins by the Lake

Ahmed Belal

John Briggs

Joanne Sharp

Irina Springuel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter explores the changing role of women in Wadi Allaqi and gender relations. While men's lives have continued to be focused around the grazing and marketing of sheep, and hence they continue to follow an extensive spatial pattern, women no longer pursue this nomadic lifestyle and instead remain around the shores of Lake Nasser throughout the year, moving short distances only to follow the seasonal movement of the lakeshore. One of the most noticeable outcomes of this sedentarization has been the introduction of agriculture, initially on a small scale and run by women, but on an increasingly large scale and now involving the entire household. This, plus the increasing amount of contact between the Bedouin and outside communities who have come to Wadi Allaqi along the new asphalt road to fish, mine, and farm, has meant the appearance of different opportunities for men and women and this has thus changed, sometimes quite subtly, the nature of gender relations.

Keywords:   gender roles, gender relations, women's roles, Wadi Allaqi, households, Lake Nasser

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