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Hospitality: Gulf and Yemen
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The hospitality of the Arabs is so famed as to seem sometimes stereotypical, yet the centrality of hospitality to women's lives is evident in ethnographic accounts of the Arabian Peninsula. While there are important regional variations, a common thread is that hospitality is often understood in a religious frame. Extending food and drink to a guest who arrives at one's home is held to be a religious obligation…

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Meneley, Anne, “Hospitality: Gulf and Yemen”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0088b>
First published online: 2009

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