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Breast Cancer, Medicine, and the Transnational Body

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/9780520215931.003.0004
Breast Cancer, Medicine, and the Transnational Body

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Moroccan Leïla Lahlou's saga is quite memorable, detailing the case of a body ravaged by breast cancer and submitted to medical treatment. Ultimately, however, it is religion that will bring the cure. The nexus of the female body and medicine is equally crucial, as the corporal intertwines in fascinating ways with the medical and the geographical. Various geographies manifest themselves as the mutating cancerous body traverses the globe. Like her sisters in the Islamic revival movement who undergo dramatic spiritual experiences, Leïla Lahlou relates her journey in the first person.

Keywords: Leïla Lahlou; Islamic women; Islam; female body; Islamic revival

Chapter.  10449 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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