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Bartered Brides
Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan Tribal Society

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Author: Nancy Tapper, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521024679


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  • Bartered Brides is a detailed study of marriage among the Maduzai, a tribal society in Afghan Turkistan. It is the first study of the area which looks in depth at both the domestic aspects of marriage and its relation to the productive and reproductive activities of women, as well as marriage as a means of managing political and economic conflict and competition. The fieldwork was carried out in the early 1970s before the 1978 coup and Soviet invasion. In this respect the book offers a unique account of a world that has disappeared. Nancy Tapper presents both male and female perspectives, detailed case studies and historical and statistical material. As an ethnographic and historical record, Bartered Brides breaks new ground in the study of Islam, the Middle East and South-west Asia. As the most detailed and extensive discussion of a Middle Eastern marriage system to date, it contributes to wider anthropological studies of marriage, politics and gender.

    • The first study of the area which looks in depth at the domestic aspects of marriage
    • Based on fieldwork carried out before the 1978 coup and Soviet invasion
    • A unique account of a world that has since disappeared
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521024679
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.519kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus. 3 maps 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Contexts:
    1. Personal background
    2. Comparative perspectives on marriage
    3. Regional background - the Durrani of Saripul
    Part II. Social Groups and Marriage:
    4. Patriliny, gender and endogamy
    5. The Maduzai subtribe
    6. Household production and reproduction
    Part III. Ideologies of equality and inequality:
    7. Brideprice and direct exchange
    8. Rituals of marriage
    9. Marriage choice
    Part IV. Case Studies and Structural Implications:
    10. The power at home
    11. The marriages of Hajji Adam's descendants
    12. Durrani marriage - conclusions

  • Author

    Nancy Tapper, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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