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Body: Female: Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine
(1,088 words)

The constitution of feminine body aesthetics in a region as large and complex as the central Arab region of Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine must account for regional and cultural diversity as well as historical change. In a combined population approaching 50 million which includes a broad range of ethnic, religious, class, and lifestyle traditions, and in which trends vary locally within and across communities, it is impossible to identify a single standard of feminine beauty. Since beauty is a constructed concept constituted by the actions and…

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Hudson, Leila, “Body: Female: Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0159d>
First published online: 2009

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