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On the bodies of women: the common ground between Islam and Christianity in Nigeria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20857569     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article explores the common ideological ground between Islam and Christianity in Nigeria, in the ways in which gender and sexuality are configured in relation to women's bodies. The latter constitute key sites for the inscription of social norms and practices inherent in particular interpretations of religion. We proceed by examining the interplay between religion and politics in historical context and in specific concrete instances. While the religious right among Muslims and Christians share the view that women's bodies are sexually corrupting and therefore in need of control, this perspective is also found in secular institutions. At the same time Christians and Muslims are strongly opposed to controls on women's bodies that may lead to either religious group being identified as 'the other'. The linkage made between women's bodies and 'public morality' produces diverse forms of gender inequality. The moralising of political economy that these processes entail complicates the terrain on which challenges to the politicisation of religion and its gender politics need to be sustained.
Charmaine Pereira; Jibrin Ibrahim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Third world quarterly     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0143-6597     ISO Abbreviation:  Third World Q     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-21     Completed Date:  2010-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101084672     Medline TA:  Third World Q     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  921-37     Citation Subset:  Q    
Initiative for Women's Studies, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Christianity / history,  psychology
Gender Identity*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Human Body*
Islam / history,  psychology
Nigeria / ethnology
Religion* / history
Secularism / history
Sexuality* / ethnology,  history,  physiology,  psychology
Social Control Policies* / history
Social Values / ethnology,  history
Women* / education,  history,  psychology
Women's Health / ethnology,  history
Women's Rights* / economics,  education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence

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