Sacred Springs, Damaged Bodies

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:
Sacred Springs, Damaged Bodies

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Leïla Lahlou and Karîmân Hamza effected their spiritual trajectories through both geographical displacements and corporal transformations. The religious transformation of Sultana Kouhmane, a Belgian-Moroccan Islamist activist, appears at the outset to be completely different. Her work, L'Islam, la femme, et l'intégrisme: Journal d'une jeune femme Européenne, is written in French and published in Belgium. This autobiographical saga narrated in the first person chronicles the story of a young woman who finds the Muslim path and enjoins others to do the same. Her work, setting itself as it does in a hostile environment, that of the Christian West, also functions as a guide for the Muslim way of life and an aggressive defense of Islam. But this does not mean that the personal element is lacking. Far from it. Nor does it mean that the work diverges drastically from those of Lahlou and Hamza. Rather, the three spiritual sagas share many components, not the least of which is a fascination, when not an obsession, with the body.

Keywords: Sultana Kouhmane; Muslim women; Islam; Islamic revival; body

Chapter.  13148 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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