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Title:Gendered lives in the western Indian Ocean: Islam, marriage, and sexuality on the Swahili Coast
Editors:Stiles, Erin E.ISNI
Thompson, Katrina DalyISNI
Year:2015
Pages:406
Language:English
Series:Indian Ocean studies series
City:Athens, OH
Publisher:Ohio University Press
ISBN:0821421867; 9780821421864; 0821421875; 9780821421871; 082144543X; 9780821445433
Geographic terms:Zanzibar
Tanzania
Subjects:gender relations
Islam
sexuality
marriage
masculinity
sex education
divorce
adolescents
Abstract:In this volume anthropologists, historians, linguists, and gender studies scholars examine Islam, sexuality, gender, and marriage on the Swahili coast and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean region to focus on the underrepresented role of women in discussions on what it means to be a ''good'' Muslim. The case-studies mostly deal with Zanzibar and Tanzania. The different chapters offer a transnational approach and scrutinize notions of femininity and masculinity by paying attention to empowerment, contradiction, resistance, education, and notions of Islamic authenticity and modernity in relation to gender expectations. Contributions: Schoolgirls and women teachers: colonial education and the shifting boundaries between girls and women in Zanzibar (Corrie Decker); The value of a marriage: missionaries, ex-slaves, and the legal debates over marriage in colonial Pemba Island (Elisabeth McMahon); Two weddings in Northern Mafia: changes in women's lives since the 1960s (Pat Caplan); Pleasure and danger: Muslim views on sex and gender in Zanzibar (Nadine Beckmann); Sex and school on the Southern Swahili Coast: adolescent sexuality in the context of expanding education in rural Mtwara, Tanzania (Meghan Halley); Learning to use Swahili profanity and sacred speech: the embodied socialization of a Muslim bride in Zanzibar Town (Katrina Daly Thompson); Pleasure and prohibitions: reflections on gender, knowledge, and sexuality in Zanzibar Town (Kjersti Larsen); Unsuitable husbands: allegations of impotence in Zanzibari divorce suits (Erin E. Stiles); Forming and performing Swahili manhood: wedding rituals of a groom in Lamu Town (Rebecca Gearhart); Spirit possession and masculinity in Swahili society (Linda L. Giles); Being a good Muslim man: modern aspirations and polygynous intentions in a Swahili Muslim village (Susi Krehbiel Keefe); Afterword: understanding gendered lives through intimate and global perspectives (Susan F. Hirsch). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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