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Women, perfumes and prayers: a symbolic approach to sexuality in Islam

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Author(s):
Camila Motta Paiva
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Ribeirão Preto.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (PCARP/BC)
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Examining board members:
Francirosy Campos Barbosa; Mariana Leal de Barros; Gisele Fonseca Chagas; Manoel Antonio dos Santos
Advisor: Francirosy Campos Barbosa
Abstract

To research sexuality in religion is a complex task. While there is an attempt to alienate religion from the debate about sexuality, there is an important connection between these two categories. Sexual norms and their transgressions are defined in all societies and religion is one of the instances in which they are regulated. In the case of Islam, by establishing a code of conduct to be followed in all spheres of life of Muslims, including the experience of sexuality, sex and pleasure have some specificities. In order to understand the practices, experiences and senses attributed to sexuality in this field, one must first consider the prescriptions of what is lawful (halal) and unlawful (haram) according to religion, in its own terms. From the dialogue with ten Brazilian Muslim women reverted to Islam and the insertion and circulation of the researcher in the Islamic field, reflections will be outlined about the Islamic conception of sexuality and its implications for the exercise of female sexuality. The analysis of the data is supported by the theoretical references derived from both psychoanalysis and anthropology. This dissertation argues that despite the prescriptions even within the lawfulness of the marriage, sexual practice in Islam extrapolates the reproductive purpose: there is an incentive to pleasures, placing sexual satisfaction as a right of both spouses. It becomes crucial to relativize the cliché of sexually repressed Muslim women: unlike common sense, sex in Islam is not taboo. On the other hand, it is urgent to assume that sexuality is an arena in which desire coexists and disputes with pleasures and dangers; facilities and resistances; knowledge and power (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/26295-2 - Women, perfumes and prayers: a symbolic approach to sexuality in Islam
Grantee:Camila Motta Paiva
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master