Women and Men
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A Bahrain proverb says of an inquisitive woman, ‘She’s blind but she still peeps out through the ventilation tower.’ One might ask, why not the window? But the answer is obvious: Arab houses simply present blind walls to the street, unless they have more than one storey, in which case the upper walls may be pierced by a few windows set at such a height that no one can possibly see in through them. Peeping out may be allowed; but it is peeping in that must be prevented. And so must the overhearing of private family affairs.
KeywordsReligious Observance Good Woman Bedouin Woman Slave Woman Trouble Maker
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