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Nubian EncountersThe Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964$
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Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164019

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001

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Gender Relations in Kenuz Public Domains

Gender Relations in Kenuz Public Domains

(p.193) Gender Relations in Kenuz Public Domains
Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

The Kenuz homeland was northern Egyptian Nubia until the 1960s, when they were moved to Kom Ombo. Before their relocation a long process of labor migration had brought most Kenuz to Egyptian cities. The segment remaining in Nubia was mostly female, by a ratio of 3 to 1. Within traditional Kenuz culture certain domains were defined as male, others as female, and some combined both genders. Most male domains were those usually classed as public. Most female domains fell into the category often called domestic. Three public domains were recognized in behavior, if not in formal descriptions. One public domain consisted of relations with the outside world, beyond each cluster of regularly interacting tribes in the homeland. The second public domain consisted of the formal political and jural system. The third public domain, celebration, involved very different rules of behavior. In this case, women acted as organized, highly visible groups.

Keywords:   saint cults, male hegemony, Muslim, Kenuz culture, celebration

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