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Title:Special issue: Love and sex in Islamic Africa
Editors:Decker, CorrieISNI
McMahon, ElisabethISNI
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Geographic terms:Africa
interpersonal relations
External link:https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/toc/at.61.4.html
Abstract:The articles in this special issue of 'Africa today', based on a workshop held at Tulane University in September 2012, focus on concepts of love, sex, and sexuality in Islamic Africa, both historically and today. Three important conclusions emerged from the workshop. First, whereas European colonial officials and missionaries often blamed social problems - such as homosexuality, premarital sex, and female promiscuity - on indigenous African cultures, Muslim Africans tended to associate these and other practices that challenged the prevailing social order with colonialism and Westernization, especially in areas affected by Western tourism. Second, from the precolonial era to the present, many Muslims in Africa have had more fluid ideas about love, sex, and sexuality than popular discourses associate with either Islam or Africa. And third, campaigns to promote the acceptance of nonheteronormative approaches to love and sex in Islamic Africa stress the need to reconcile personal experiences with local articulations of Islam and, in doing so, draw on both historical traditions and current global politics. Contributions: Love and sex in Islamic Africa: introduction (Corrie Decker); Expanding our scope: nonmodern love and sex in Ibn?azm al-Andalusi's '?awq al-?amama' and A?mad ibn Yusuf al-Tifashi's 'Nuzhat al-albab fima la yujad fi kitab' (Jean Dangler); 'Marrying beneath herself': women, affect, and power in colonial Zanzibar (Elisabeth McMahon); The elusive power of colonial prey: sexualizing the schoolgirl in the Zanzibar Protectorate (Corrie Decker); Showing the unshowable: the negotiation of homosexuality through video films in Tanzania (Claudia Böhme); She lives dangerously: intimate ethics, grammatical personhood, and HIV/AIDS in Islamic Northern Nigeria (Kathryn A. Rhine). [ASC Leiden abstract]