Manami Goto

Department: Arab and Islamic Studies
Discipline: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Gulf Studies and Centre for Islamic Archaeology

Project Summary

Investigation of the links between the socio-cultural identities of women in the Arabian-Persian Gulf region and the role of the face mask by focusing on three main aspects: the symbolic meanings of the mask’s material features, women’s agency towards veiling, and the impact of national narratives. In-depth ethnographic fieldwork was conducted throughout the region including Iran, the UAE, Oman, and Qatar by using Arabic, Persian, and English.

Supervisory Team

Prof. Christine Robins (Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies)

Dr. John P. Cooper (Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture)

Wider Research Interests

Dress, material culture, oral history, and the rituals of women in the Persian Gulf.