Gestures in the Arab world
Minor mode - The repertoire of Yemeni body Language (Taiz, Sanaa), soon Egyptian (Cairo), waiting for the Sudanese supplement (Khartoum).
To my knowledge, few scientific work in anthropology was devoted to the study nonverbal communication on the Muslim and Arab world in particular. The richness of the body language in Yemen, in Egypt and in the Arab world in general was almost never exposed, while at the same time the diversity of the dialects was the subject of many studies.
One can however present the body language as complements, to some extent visual, to the oral communication. To push the idea further, it can even seem curious that the study of the specificities of the communication were always cut down of their body dimensions: these gestures are very employed in the everyday life and much of them express a very strong meaning for its coders as for its decoders.
I’m waiting for some time…, let’s face it: for some years to have enough time to film in Cairo, Egypt, spontaneous nonverbal communications in public and domestic spaces.
I expect it to actually publish my article on the gesture of Cairo, (Repertoire of gestures of Cairo [temporary title]), which is a second component after the article (An Outline of a Yemeni Body Language (Taiz and Sanaa)): to offer simultaneously a multimedia version, and to use the videos to be able to ask such good (...)