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Being in the world

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The author initial 'surprise' in Musharafah was that the women spoke nostalgically about the water spring. Fetching water provided women with a legitimate arena of activity outside the home, and women have developed this 'freedom' to build on meaningful lives that reflect their own needs and concerns. Here the chapter simply focuses on the way the narratives convey what it is or rather what it signifies to be a woman in Musharafah. Attention is on women 'being in the world' and how narratives introduced earlier in the book are unfolding towards this world. Very early on a woman knows her responsibility as a daughter, a wife and mother. It is true that women lacked influence outside the dar. But, anything of real importance always happened in the dar. Um Fathi, who is a very outspoken woman, suffered from the constraints imposed on her because she is alone.

Keywords: Musharafah; Um Fathi; woman

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