In Chapter 1, Abu-Lughod states that she felt compelled to hide things about her life back in America from her new friends among the Awlad ‘Ali (see page 18). One could imagine, for example, that her new hosts would be scandalized if they heard about men and women dancing together (or having any sort of intimate contact) in public. She claims that her feelings of “inauthenticity” subsided over time, but it is also clear that she did have to adopt a new persona in order to fit in amongst her informants. What do you think of this practice? Is Abu-Lughod being dishonest by pretending that she shares the beliefs and ideals of her informants?