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Body: Female: Egypt and Sudan
(1,088 words)

The female body in Egypt and northern Sudan has long been a site of political and moral contestation. Yet morality here is closely entwined with aesthetics; notions of feminine beauty are external reflections of intrinsic moral qualities such as purity, goodness, piety, dignity, honor, and nobility. Insofar as these ideals are both internalized and consciously revised in light of political contingencies and shifts in religious and secular norms, their disciplinary and aesthetic implications cann…

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Boddy, Janice, “Body: Female: Egypt and Sudan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0159a>
First published online: 2009

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