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Title: A material culture assessment of the changing abayas of Qatar 1908 to 2008
Author: Christina, Lindholm
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2012
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Employing an interdisciplinary and material culture approach to the analysis of the abaya, the black all-encompassing outer garment worn by Qatari Muslim women, the aim of this research is to assess the cultural meaning of abayas in Qatar from 1908 to the present day. This garment has been selected as a focus for research because it is universal to Qatari women and its design, manufacture, retailing and use reflects in complex and sophisticated ways the changing roles of women in Qatar, their religious observance, their secular lives, their aspirations, and their place in Qatari society in the past and present. The abaya also signifies current global creativities and tensions caused by increasing influences from the non-Arab, non-Muslim world. This time frame was selected because the period from since the 1990s and today evidences dramatic changes in all areas of society encapsulated in the material culture of today's Qatari abayas. Research was conducted first of all through a material culture assessment of the materiality of the abaya, through ten years of participant observational research, through the conducting a series of oral testimony/ethnographic interviews with many Qatari women and through establishing an archive of historical and current photographs of abayas. Interdisciplinary texts have provided a framework for this research: key general texts include Miller, Eicher and Barnes, Rosaldo, Maynard, and Weinter and Schneider. More specific texts have included those by Ahmed, Mill and Ingham,Kelly, AI-Qasimi and Sobh, Gressel and Belk. This study of the Qatari abaya identifies and debates the dramatic, meteoric changes that have occurred in Qatar society and culture in the last two decades. It identifies dress and the abaya as a useful material culture tool through which to examine the changing roles of women in Qatar, as a specific case study of the entry of one nation of Islamic women onto the global world of fashion and modernity today.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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