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Author Nalivkin, Vladimir, author

Title Muslim women of the Fergana Valley : a 19th-century ethnography from Central Asia / Vladimir Nalivkin and Maria Nalivkina ; edited by Marianne Kamp ; translated by Mariana Markova and Marianne Kamp
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2016]
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Contents Cover -- Contents -- Editor's Introduction -- Authors' Preface: A Sketch of the Everyday Life of Women of the Sedentary Native Population of the Fergana Valley -- 1 A Short Sketch of the Fergana Valley -- 2 Religion and Clergy -- 3 Houses and Utensils -- 4 Woman's Appearance and Her Clothing -- 5 Occupations and Food -- 6 The Woman, Her Character, Habits, Knowledge, and Behavior toward the People around Her -- 7 Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Girl -- 8 The Maiden: Marriage Proposal and Marriage -- 9 Polygyny, Divorce, Widowhood, and Death of a Woman -- 10 Prostitution -- Glossary -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z
Summary Muslim Women of the Fergana Valley is the first English translation of an important 19th-century Russian text describing everyday life in Uzbek communities. Vladimir and Maria Nalivkin were Russians who settled in a "Sart" village in 1878, in a territory newly conquered by the Russian Empire. During their six years in Nanay, Maria Nalivkina learned the local language, befriended her neighbors, and wrote observations about their lives from birth to death. Together, Maria and Vladimir published this account, which met with great acclaim from Russia's Imperial Geographic Society and among Orientalists internationally. While they recognized that Islam shaped social attitudes, the Nalivkins never relied on common stereotypes about the "plight" of Muslim women. The Fergana Valley women of their ethnographic portrait emerge as lively, hard-working, clever, and able to navigate the cultural challenges of early Russian colonialism. Rich with social and cultural detail of a sort not available in other kinds of historical sources, this work offers rare insight into life in rural Central Asia and serves as an instructive example of the genre of ethnographic writing that was emerging at the time. Annotations by the translators and an editor's introduction by Marianne Kamp help contemporary readers understand the Nalivkins' work in context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 20, 2016)
Subject Ethnology -- Fergana Valley.
Muslim women -- Fergana Valley -- Social conditions.
Fergana Valley -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Kamp, Marianne, editor
Nalivkina, Maria, author
ISBN 0253021499 (electronic bk.)
9780253021496 (electronic bk.)