By Ildiko Beller-Hann
In accordance with quite a lot of Western and native fabrics, this booklet deals an creation to the old anthropology of the Muslim Uyghur of Xinjiang from the overdue nineteenth century to 1949. the writer argues that social family members during this period have been formed in any respect degrees via the foundations of reciprocity and group. specific realization is paid to the household area and to life-cycle and spiritual rituals. this can be the 1st time that Xinjiang has been approached from the viewpoint of old anthropology. Giving substance to the concept that of culture which glossy Uyghurs invoke while developing their collective id, Beller-Hann's research additionally has implications for modern analyses of inter-ethnic family during this delicate sector.
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Twas partly Edric’s fault that she’d screamed during the battle and distracted Lord Bryce. Had she not been so awestruck by the sight of him, so terrifying yet so compelling, she might have been prepared when the raiders had tried to drag her away. As it was, she’d been startled, terrified, and nearly taken again. If not for Sir Drogan, who’d come to her aid, she’d likely have become a captive of the Scots once more. She shuddered at the thought. So far, none of the Saxons had threatened or mistreated her, if she discounted the gruesome task Lord Edric had forced her to perform the night before.
The battle was over, and the surviving Scots were running away. Though the Saxons were victorious, their mood was somber. One of them crouched before her, a seasoned warrior with an unruly mane of flaxen hair and a bushy beard. He stretched his hand out to her. “ ’Tis over, lass. ” Kathryn did not trust him any more than she would a filthy Scotsman. She gave no indication that she understood his words as she considered how she could possibly get away. “You are safe now,” the Saxon said, his voice grave.
Kathryn did not doubt it. Edric seemed a man 41 M ARGO M AGUIRE who would take care of his own, no matter what the cost. She wondered how ’twould be to feel the protection of his strong arms and powerful body, but knew she would never experience such a marvel, not with any man. “You’ve got a torn lip, lass,” said Drogan. ” “A little,” she replied. ” “Aye. You were fortunate. Neither Edric nor Bryce can stand to see a woman mishandled. ” “What of your other injuries? I saw a few bruises—” Edric turned to call out to them.