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Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Weaving the Web of Regeneration 3 1 Famished Land: Gender, Identity, and Place 27 2 Historicizing Foreignness: Alterity, Disease, and Social Vulnerability 56 3 Performing Durarit: Constructing Gender through the Life Course 80 4 Gendered Placenta: The Paths to Proper Fertility and Responsible Motherhood 109 5 Precarious Trajectories: Managing Reproductive Suffering 144 6 Whose Modernity? Negotiating Social Change 169 vii Contents Glossary of Tu-Badawie and Arabic Words 181 Bibliography 187 Index 199 viii Contents ...