Medicines of the Soul: Female Bodies and Sacred Geographies by Fedwa Malti-Douglas

By Fedwa Malti-Douglas

In medications of the Soul, the autobiographical writings of 3 prime girls in latest Islamic revival move exhibit dramatic tales of non secular transformation. As interpreted via Fedwa Malti-Douglas, the autobiographies supply a strong, groundbreaking portrayal of gender, faith, and discourses of the physique in Arabo-Islamic tradition. on the heart of every tale is a full of life lady Islamic spirituality that questions secular hierarchies whereas reaffirming patriarchal ones.

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Do I put out the cigarette or do I quickly gather my hair in the scarf, or what do I do? The shaykh asks how he can help them, but Karîmân is unable to speak. Muhammad Shalabî saves the day, and the shaykh provides them with the necessary references. Questions plague her after this visit: Why is she so ashamed? Why did she lose her ability to speak in front of him? Why did he come late after she had already taken off her coat, let loose her hair, lit her cigarette, and put one leg over another?

What do I do?? Excuse myself?? Do I put out the cigarette or do I quickly gather my hair in the scarf, or what do I do? The shaykh asks how he can help them, but Karîmân is unable to speak. Muhammad Shalabî saves the day, and the shaykh provides them with the necessary references. Questions plague her after this visit: Why is she so ashamed? Why did she lose her ability to speak in front of him? Why did he come late after she had already taken off her coat, let loose her hair, lit her cigarette, and put one leg over another?

51 The power of the gaze is such that it keeps the dean from taking action against this smoking female body. He decides, for example, that he will have the student called in when the cigarette and the crime reach Female Body, Male Gaze 31 exactly the midpoint. Note that the smoking of the cigarette has once again been classed as a crime, as it was in the opening passage of the short story. That midpoint comes and goes with the university official still the victim of the visual. Even more dramatic, this middle point in the cigarette if anything intensifies the man’s gaze.

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