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Islamic Masculinities (Global Masculinities) by Lahoucine Ouzgane

By Lahoucine Ouzgane

This leading edge publication outlines the good complexity, sort and distinction of male identities in Islamic societies. From the Taliban orphanages of Afghanistan to the caf?©s of Morocco, from the adventure of at infertility clinics in Egypt to that of Iraqi conscripts, it indicates how the masculine gender is developed and negotiated within the Islamic Ummah. It is going some distance past the conventional idea that Islamic masculinities are inseparable from the regulate of ladies, and exhibits how the connection among spirituality and masculinity is skilled relatively another way from the existing Western norms.

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At that moment I decided to enjoy myself. I turned to the spectators and told them that I saw a smile on my father’s lips. They 42 43 The smile of death were like little children, slightly intimidated but curious. A few came and affirmed in Allah’s name. I decided to pursue this game and told them that my father was a holy man, at which they nodded and affirmed in a few Arabic statements, which I did not understand. I was rewarded for being the daughter of a holy man. A morgue official told me that he would be glad if I performed his task: to write down my parents’ names and attach them to the wrapped bodies.

Alas, on a hot summer day at noon, there were at least twenty earthquake funerals taking place at the same time. For the first time in my life, I saw women hitting the coffins with their fists, losing control, hitting their heads and hurting themselves. Advocates of multiculturalism call for tolerance, but I was not to tolerate this self-tormenting group next to my mother’s coffin. In a violent setting, the more one tries to escape violence, the more violent one becomes. I wanted my parents’ coffins to lie side by side so we can gather and cry in our own familial way, but the head imam, the second imam in charge and distant relatives nearby enforced prohibitive Islamic laws one after another.

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