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Virginity: Canada
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In Islam, virginity is a religious requirement for both sexes, and when breached, is equally reprehensible. However, as is the case in many religious traditions among Canadian Muslims, there remains a discrepancy between textual ideals, multiple interpretations, and practice. Virginity is often construed as a feminine ideal, which is suggestive of how portions of the Canadian Muslim community ideally view women, especially regarding bodily and self-control, and also women's morality. Virginity becomes an issue of discipline, where a need exists to monitor a woman in various ways

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Jalalzai, Sajida, “Virginity: Canada”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0209b>
First published online: 2009



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