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Bodies Confined, Spirits Cleansed

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033549.003.0007
Bodies Confined, Spirits Cleansed

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Women have experienced exclusion and physical segregation from the public throughout Islam's history. The patriarchy has established restrictions against women through assigning circumscribed spaces that would significantly limit women's participation and mobility within a broader world. Consequently, the need for women to develop creative strategies through creating cultural rituals arises, since these would allow psychological and emotional survival. These practices and rituals have enabled women's access among themselves, and allow them to create an environment that excludes men. These circles or communions of spirit encompass preparation and enjoyment of food, visiting shrines, honoring saints, and reading the Du'a or the Qur'an. As such, women have come up with various means of thriving in environments that are restricted.

Keywords: restricted environment; Qur'an; Du'a; emotional survival; psychological survival; rituals; segregation; cultural rituals

Chapter.  11896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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