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The production of sexual mutilation among Muslim women in Cairo
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6420-1376
2013 (English)In: Global Discourse, ISSN 2326-9995, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 306-321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Female circumcision has become a global political minefield, with ‘Western’ interventions affecting Egyptian politics and social development, not least in the area of democracy and human rights. As younger generation of women in Egypt informed by international human rights discourse begins to question norms still upheld by the previous generation, new dilemmas and tensions emerge. In this article, I discuss the risk that international interventions designed to modify local practices may fail when the local moral worlds in which such practices are embedded are inadequately understood. Rather than increasing women's agency, such interventions may reduce it and instead produce a sense of sexual mutilation among women.

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2013. Vol. 3, no 2, p. 306-321
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body, gender, embodiment, agency, female circumcision, human rights, sexuality, desire, Egypt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1776DOI: 10.1080/23269995.2013.804752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1776DiVA, id: diva2:632066
Available from: 2013-06-24 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved

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