Gender Relations in Kenuz Public Domains

Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

in Nubian Encounters

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164019
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970382 | DOI:
Gender Relations in Kenuz Public Domains

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The Kenuz homeland was northern Egyptian Nubia until the 1960s, when they were moved to Kom Ombo. Before their relocation a long process of labor migration had brought most Kenuz to Egyptian cities. The segment remaining in Nubia was mostly female, by a ratio of 3 to 1. Within traditional Kenuz culture certain domains were defined as male, others as female, and some combined both genders. Most male domains were those usually classed as public. Most female domains fell into the category often called domestic. Three public domains were recognized in behavior, if not in formal descriptions. One public domain consisted of relations with the outside world, beyond each cluster of regularly interacting tribes in the homeland. The second public domain consisted of the formal political and jural system. The third public domain, celebration, involved very different rules of behavior. In this case, women acted as organized, highly visible groups.

Keywords: saint cults; male hegemony; Muslim; Kenuz culture; celebration

Chapter.  1982 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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