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Geographies of the Sacred

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/9780520215931.003.0008
Geographies of the Sacred

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For the Egyptian Karîmân Hamza, the Moroccan Leïla Lahlou, and the Belgian Sultana Kouhmane, the body comes together with the soul to forge memorable narratives of redemption and spiritual fulfillment. In this process, all three women will cross various sorts of boundaries and borders, including linguistic and geographical, on their life-fulfilling sagas. As with all autobiographical ventures, the literary operation of telling involves first and foremost a complex of narrative techniques that play in one way or another with time. The process of memory is one that allows the three women to look back at their lives as nominal or secularized Muslims whose spiritual quests will end in a religious conversion. The narration of the tales diachronically follows the actual transformation, in a strategy common in all three autobiographical projects. Each of the three female heroes of these dramatic narratives, in her own way, begins her spiritual journey with a lack. The journey functions as a rectification of this lack.

Keywords: Muslim women; Karîmân Hamza; Leïla Lahlou; Sultana Kouhmane; autobiography; Islam

Chapter.  8270 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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