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Religious differences in female genital cutting: a case study from Burkina Faso.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21969936     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between religious obligations and female genital cutting is explored using data from Burkina Faso, a religiously and ethnically diverse country where approximately three-quarters of adult women are circumcised. Data from the 2003 Burkina Faso Demographic and Health Survey are used to estimate multilevel models of religious variation in the intergenerational transmission of female genital cutting. Differences between Christians, Muslims, and adherents of traditional religions are reported, along with an assessment of the extent to which individual and community characteristics account for religious differences. Religious variation in the intergenerational transmission of female genital cutting is largely explained by specific religious beliefs and by contextual rather than individual characteristics. Although Muslim women are more likely to have their daughters circumcised, the findings suggest the importance of a collective rather than individual Muslim identity for the continuation of the practice.
Sarah R Hayford; Jenny Trinitapoli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal for the scientific study of religion     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0021-8294     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sci Study Relig     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-15     Completed Date:  2012-06-15     Revised Date:  2014-09-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9886969     Medline TA:  J Sci Study Relig     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  252-71     Citation Subset:  Q    
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MeSH Terms
Burkina Faso / ethnology
Circumcision, Female* / education,  ethnology,  history,  psychology
Cross-Cultural Comparison
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Religion* / history
Women's Health* / ethnology,  history
Women's Rights* / economics,  education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence
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