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Virginity: Arab States
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Female virginity and chastity are deemed significant in all societies to varying degrees, yet as cultural ideals they have been conflated with Arab and Muslim cultures through popular depictions in the Western media. The highly publicized execution of a Saudi princess in 1977 over her sexual transgressions, coupled with the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran, produced an image of Arabs and Muslims as being particularly brutal to women. In this depiction, men are ready to kill without hesitation …

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Serhan, Randa Bassem, “Virginity: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0209a>
First published online: 2009

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