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Female genital cutting and the politics of Islamicate practices in Egypt: debating development and the religious/secular divide

Female genital cutting and the politics of Islamicate practices in Egypt: debating development... My PhD dissertation examined discourses on Female Genital Cutting (FGC) in contemporacy Egypt, particularly concerning the relation between FGC and religion. FGC is practiced by both Muslims and Christians and Egypt is among the countries with the highest prevalence rates. Through ethnographic research, the study analysed the vemacularization of transnational activism as an important intervention into local cultural and social debates on gender, sexuality and family norms, in addition to understandings of Islam, Muslim-Christian relations and concepts of race, nation and progress. I argue that FGC is best characterized as an Islamicate practice. A narrow, reifying conceptualization of religion precludes lived understandings of the relation of FGC to Islam and subsequently, precludes more profound social and cultural debate on gendered practices. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Afrika Focus Brill

Female genital cutting and the politics of Islamicate practices in Egypt: debating development and the religious/secular divide

Afrika Focus , Volume 30 (1): 7 – Feb 26, 2017

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0772-084X
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2031-356X
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10.1163/2031356X-03001013
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Abstract

My PhD dissertation examined discourses on Female Genital Cutting (FGC) in contemporacy Egypt, particularly concerning the relation between FGC and religion. FGC is practiced by both Muslims and Christians and Egypt is among the countries with the highest prevalence rates. Through ethnographic research, the study analysed the vemacularization of transnational activism as an important intervention into local cultural and social debates on gender, sexuality and family norms, in addition to understandings of Islam, Muslim-Christian relations and concepts of race, nation and progress. I argue that FGC is best characterized as an Islamicate practice. A narrow, reifying conceptualization of religion precludes lived understandings of the relation of FGC to Islam and subsequently, precludes more profound social and cultural debate on gendered practices.

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Afrika FocusBrill

Published: Feb 26, 2017

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