Islam and the Body: Female Fattening among Arabs in Niger

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Islam and the Body: Female Fattening among Arabs in Niger

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Islam and the Body: Female Fattening among Arabs in Niger
Author: Popenoe, R.
Journal Title: ISIM Newsletter
Issue: 1
Volume: 4
Start Page: 5
End Page: 5
Pages: 1
Publisher: ISIM, Leiden
Issue Date: 1999
Keywords: Female Body
Abstract: Is there a specifically Islamic vision of the body? Given the nuanced nature of cultural understandings of the body and Islam's own variable expressions, this question is probably unanswerable, and indeed poorly phrased. Phrased another way, however, the question of the relationship between Islam and the body becomes more interesting: how do bodily practices in different Muslim societies articulate with different versions of lived Islam? My research among Arabs in remote northwestern Niger on the aesthetic of corpulent female bodies, and the practice of forcefeeding young girls to achieve it, speaks to this issue.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/17336
 

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