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Hospitality: North Africa
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Although the Arab and Muslim cultural tradition of generous hospitality has long been recognized in literature on the Middle East and North Africa, the gendered nature of serving and attending to guests and the central role that North African women play in maintaining the family's status through their hospitality rituals has only recently received significant scholarly attention. Arab and Beduin traditions of generously providing food, drink, and accommodation to parched and lost visitors are do…

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Holmes-Eber, Paula, “Hospitality: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0088d>
First published online: 2009

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