Generosity and Gifts in Gibali Culture

  • Marielle Risse


This chapter explores how issues of community and autonomy intersect with gift-demanding/gift-giving/gift-receiving/gift-reciprocating and gift-avoiding. A framework for the what/when/why/how of gifts is created by drawing from the fields of gift-theory, anthropology, travel writing and history, for example writings by Wilfred Thesiger and the memoirs of soldiers from the Dhofar War (1965–1975). Further, the chapter explains how gifts in Gibali culture are, for the most part, not necessary as there are many limits placed on who can give/receive, the time to give/receive and the kind of object that is considered a gift.


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  • Marielle Risse
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  1. 1.Dhofar UniversitySalalahOman

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