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Childhood: Coming of Age Rituals: North America
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Coming-of-age rituals within an Islamic framework are interpreted and practiced in a multitude of ways in North America. The Muslim community in North America originates from a number of different countries and identifies with various cultural backgrounds. Thus, coming-of-age rituals stem from a range of cultural traditions, informed by divergent social and historical understandings of Islam.

Coming-of-age rituals are generally understood as rites of passage whereby a person is initiated into a new adult social status and reincorporated into her nat…

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Madhani, Taslim, “Childhood: Coming of Age Rituals: North America”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0163b>
First published online: 2009

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