Honor and Virginity

Faegheh Shirazi

in Velvet Jihad

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033549
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039589 | DOI:
Honor and Virginity

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The literature regarding the female body consists of a vast collection of political, anthropological, medical, sociological, and religious studies about how the social constructions of women's bodies are used and even abused so that the lives of women may be controlled. Women's bodies have played no small part in the establishment of the relationship between men and women. In several cultures today, various cultural practices and beliefs that are associated with the honor and shame complex that started in the Mediterranean region continue to persist. This complex has profound effects particularly among Muslim women. This chapter looks into some of the ideas that are crucial to the honor-shame complex which includes the social construction attributed to women's bodies, how women are perceived as property, the importance of virginity, and honor killings.

Keywords: female body; women's bodies; virginity; honor killings; property; honor-shame complex; Muslim women

Chapter.  11770 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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