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Corporal Geographies of Salvation

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/9780520215931.003.0005
Corporal Geographies of Salvation

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Leïla Lahlou's breast cancer narrative is inherently dramatic. The reader follows the narrator as she is first diagnosed with the cancer and then cured of it. The movement of Leïla's body, as she traverses national and linguistic borders in search of a solution to her corporal dilemma, heightens the drama. Even more sensational will be the movement from a secular to a religious lifestyle. Leïla's is not just a traveling body that moves across national geographies. It is also a traveled body, itself the subject of discovery not only by the narrator but by other individuals as well. The examination of several incidents will elucidate this corporal geographical component, central to the narrator's spiritual journey, incidents that will help bring religion into focus. The first incident involves Leïla's discovery of the abnormality in her breast. Although religion is not overtly present in this particular event, nevertheless it sets the background against which the diseased body and the spiritual redemption will interact in provocative and important ways.

Keywords: Leïla Lahlou; spiritual journey; Islamic women; breast cancer

Chapter.  11078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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