Gendered Rituals

in Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226001999
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226002019 | DOI:
Gendered Rituals

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This chapter investigates a specific example of how displaced women from the South who settle in predominantly Muslim, Arabized Khartoum thrive by crafting new meanings of self and community, time and place. Closer examination of gendered ritual practices in the context of urban life shows new ideas arising as focal points for reconfiguring a woman's place in the world and her relationship to the Sudanese polity. The virtues requisite for marriageability, especially virginity, modesty, and an unblemished sexual reputation, are an integral aspect of gender ideology among women in Douroshab and other circumcision-practicing societies. The acceptance of female circumcision is not structurally integrated in the shantytown. Displaced women have to elbow their way into a multicultural mosaic that prompts them to compose new concepts of self and community.

Keywords: gendered ritual practices; displaced women; Muslim women; Arabized Khartoum; Sudanese polity; gender ideology; Douroshab; female circumcision

Chapter.  13038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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