Female Genital Mutilation in Islam
An analysis of the Islamic practice of female genital mutilation, a custom still practiced throughout most of the Islamic world today.
# 89539 | 1,575 words | 6 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Women Studies (Culture) , Gender and Sexuality (Sexual Politics) , Women Studies (General)
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Female genital mutilation has been an institution in Islam for centuries, still exists today, and is practiced in at least twenty countries throughout the Islamic world, from Africa to Indonesia. This hideous practice emerged in Arabia, the original Muslim homeland, from where it spread to the regions conquered by Muslim armies. Quranic injunctions, Islamic conquests and Muslim administrative institutions have given it a continuity and legitimacy which have perpetuated it into modern times. This paper discusses female genital mutilation in the Islamic world. The paper discusses its history, origins, where it is practiced, how it is still practiced today and what the position of Islamic authorities of today is on female genital mutilation.
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