Infibulation: Female Mutilation in Islamic Northeastern Africa

Infibulation: Female Mutilation in Islamic Northeastern Africa

by Esther Hicks

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Overview

Infibulation is the most extreme form of female circumci- sion. It plays an important role in the Islamic societies of northeastern Africa. Until now, the social significance and function of this practice has been poorly understood. In this volume, Hicks analyzes female circumcision as a cultural trait embedded in a historically traditional milieu and shows why it cannot be treated in isolation as a single issue destined for elimination.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351294508
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Esther K. Hicks was senior researcher with the faculty of management and organization at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Esther K. Hicks was senior researcher with the faculty of management and organization at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Figures, Maps, Plots, and Tables

Preface xi

Introduction

1. Infibulation: Description, Function, and Diffusion
Function: Indigenous and Academic Perspectives
Diffusion

2. The Socioeconomic Distribution of Infibulation
Pastoralism in Northeastern Africa and the Sudan
Pastoral-Rural-Urban Interaction and Infibulation

3. Infibulation in the Social Nexus
Closed Cultural Systems
Islam: A Closed Cultural System
Social Space in Islamic Societies
Gender Identification and Differentiation in Open
and Closed Cultural Systems
The Status Position of Women in Infibulation-Practicing
Societies
Marriage Customs and Laws: An Overview
Male Absenteeism, Sexual Abstinence, Sleeping
Arrangements, and Infibulation
Fertility Levels and Patterns, Mortality and Birthrates,
Sex Ratio Distribution, and Infibulation

4. Methodological Approach and Research Strategy
The Problem of Sources
Sample Selection and Statistical Analysis
Statistical Analysis
The HOMALS-technique

5. Infibulation and the Composite Variables
The Variables Considered
Marriage, Status, and the Practice of Infibulation
Early Marriage and Infibulation
The Composite Variables

6. The Future of Infibulation

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