The expression kalām al-nās
(talk of the people) is a common term for
throughout much of the Arab Middle East and how information in the form
circulates in communities can be quite important.
Gossip, positive or negative, can be used to reinforce group norms or to
negotiate and further differing interests. Comments can be embellished
to highlight basic points or outright falsified, perhaps backfiring upon
the speaker. Men may depend upo…
Cite this page
“Gossip: Arab States”, in:
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph.
Consulted online on 21 January 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0084a>