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Modesty Discourses: Canada
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Canadian Muslim women understand and practice the concept of modesty in a variety of ways according to a range of factors, including interpretation of sacred texts, prevailing discourses, local customs, and political, economic, and social considerations. A wide diversity of cultures, races, languages, and ethnicities exists within the Muslim community in Canada. It is therefore impossible to advance a single, unified explanation for the various practices of modesty nationwide.

The term “modesty” is defined and understood differently by different Canadian Muslims.…

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Mustapha, Nadira, “Modesty Discourses: Canada”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00357>
First published online: 2009

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