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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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Bodies Confined, Spirits Cleansed

Bodies Confined, Spirits Cleansed

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(p.184) Six Bodies Confined, Spirits Cleansed
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Velvet Jihad
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Faegheh Shirazi

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033549.003.0007

Women have experienced exclusion and physical segregation from the public throughout Islam's history. The patriarchy has established restrictions against women through assigning circumscribed spaces that would significantly limit women's participation and mobility within a broader world. Consequently, the need for women to develop creative strategies through creating cultural rituals arises, since these would allow psychological and emotional survival. These practices and rituals have enabled women's access among themselves, and allow them to create an environment that excludes men. These circles or communions of spirit encompass preparation and enjoyment of food, visiting shrines, honoring saints, and reading the Du'a or the Qur'an. As such, women have come up with various means of thriving in environments that are restricted.

Keywords:   restricted environment, Qur'an, Du'a, emotional survival, psychological survival, rituals, segregation, cultural rituals

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