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Velvet JihadMuslim Women's Quiet Resistance to Islamic Fundamentalism$
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Faegheh Shirazi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033549

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033549.001.0001

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Honor and Virginity

Honor and Virginity

(p.26) One Honor and Virginity
Velvet Jihad

Faegheh Shirazi

University Press of Florida

The literature regarding the female body consists of a vast collection of political, anthropological, medical, sociological, and religious studies about how the social constructions of women's bodies are used and even abused so that the lives of women may be controlled. Women's bodies have played no small part in the establishment of the relationship between men and women. In several cultures today, various cultural practices and beliefs that are associated with the honor and shame complex that started in the Mediterranean region continue to persist. This complex has profound effects particularly among Muslim women. This chapter looks into some of the ideas that are crucial to the honor-shame complex which includes the social construction attributed to women's bodies, how women are perceived as property, the importance of virginity, and honor killings.

Keywords:   female body, women's bodies, virginity, honor killings, property, honor-shame complex, Muslim women

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