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Female Body, Male Gaze

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/9780520215931.003.0002
Female Body, Male Gaze

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One of the most powerful spokeswomen in the Islamic revivalist movement today is without doubt the Egyptian media personality Karîmân Hamza. What makes Hamza unique is the range of her intellectual and activist involvement. Not only does she produce and star in television programs, but she is also a prolific author. Her works range from children's literature to a novel and a guide for the Muslim woman. Hamza's spiritual autobiography was written sometime during 1976–1977. Karîmân Hamza, hesitating between the two years, finally added, “Say 1977.” This conversion saga, Rihlatî min al-Sufûr ilâ al-Hijâb (My Journey from Unveiling to Veiling), is most important. Religious salvation is no simple matter, one discovers, crossing corporal and geographical boundaries, and delimiting patriarchal redefinition of the female.

Keywords: Karîmân Hamza; Islamic revival; Egyptian women; Muslim women

Chapter.  13221 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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