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Description - Islamic Masculinities by Lahoucine Ouzgane

This challenging book of essays outlines the great complexity, variety and difference of male identities in Islamic societies. From the Taliban orphanages of Afghanistan to the cafes of Morocco, from the experience of couples at infertility clinics in Egypt to that of Iraqi conscripts, these essays illustrate how the masculine gender is constructed and negotiated in the Islamic Ummah. The collection goes far beyond the traditional notion that Islamic masculinities are inseparable from the control of women. The essays outline an experience of the relation between spirituality and masculinity quite different from the prevailing Western norms. Drawing on sources ranging from modern Arabic literature to discussions of Muhammad's virility and Abraham's paternity, ISLAMIC MASCULINITIES portrays ways of being in the world that intertwine with non-Western conceptions of duty to the family, the state and the divine.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842772751
ISBN-10: 1842772759
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lahoucine Ouzgane

Lahoucine Ouzgane is associate professor of English at the University of Alberta, where his teaching and research interests focus on postcolonial theory and literature, composition and rhetoric, and masculinity studies. His recent publications include Crossing Borderlands: Composition and Postcolonial Studies (U of Pittsburgh P, 2004) and African Masculinities: men in Africa from the late 19th century to the present (Palgrave, 2005). He is Consultant Editor for The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Contact: louzgane@ualberta.ca Contributors include Durre S. Ahmed, Ruth Roded, Mohammed Baobaid