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Food Preparation: Arabian Peninsula
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In this wide and diverse area, where segregation of men and women is to a varying extent the norm, the sexes meet at food. They may eat together or separately, depending on local custom and the presence of guests, but food structures their obligations to each other. All over the area women are entitled to be kept by men – fathers, brothers, husbands, sons – all their lives. Men pay for the food and often shop for it, though in the Gulf couples may now shop together. Food preparation is generally a woman's obligation, and structures her time. In Yemen marital relations are e…

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Maclagan, Ianthe Mary, “Food Preparation: Arabian Peninsula”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0167b>
First published online: 2009

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