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Incest: Overview
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Incest is a universally taboo topic that never fails to unsettle and to offend. If we are to read it solely with the anthropological explanation that considers the prohibition of incest as masking the necessity of establishing exchange/alliances between communities, i.e., giving to and receiving from a given group the most valuable present for sustaining life that wives are, according to Claude Lévi-Strauss's arguments (1983), then the sense of aversion that incest generates is mystifying. It is…

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Bargach, Jamila, “Incest: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0179>
First published online: 2009

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