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Sexual Harassment: Sudan
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The Arabic term for sexual harassment, al-taḥarrush al-jinsī, is rarely used expressly in the Sudanese vocabulary about sexual assault and/or misconduct. Even in law, where we can find a definition of the concept, the exact words are not used. The words afaʿāl fāḥisha, meaning lewd, obscene, and indecent acts are used instead. Mushāghala is the word popularly used for verbal and physical sexual harassment. It is a word that has a playful connotation and gives the act a benign nature. Newspapers and other media have recently begun to use the words al-taḥarrush al-jinsī to describe all t…

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Halim, Asma Mohamed Abdel, “Sexual Harassment: Sudan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0198d>
First published online: 2009

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