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Gender, Culture, and Religious Revival

Fedwa Malti-Douglas

in Medicines of the Soul

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520215931
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215931.003.0001
Gender, Culture, and Religious Revival

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Egypt, Morocco, and Belgium. Breast cancer, AIDS, and the female body. The veil and actresses. Muslims in Europe. These and other geographical and corporal issues are brought together in contemporary female Islamic revivalist autobiographies. This book explores these areas in three spiritual sagas penned by three “born-again” Muslim women. The first, Karîmân Hamza, hails from Egypt; the second, Leïla Lahlou, from Morocco; and the third, Sultana Kouhmane, from Belgium. Hamza's saga is written in Arabic, that of Lahlou in Arabic with a translation into French, and that of Kouhmane in French. These three first-person conversion narratives testify not only to the power of a transnational Islamic revival movement but to a shared female spiritual experience that transcends linguistic and geographical boundaries.

Keywords: Islamic revival; Muslim women; Karîmân Hamza; Leïla Lahlou; Sultana Kouhmane

Chapter.  5875 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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