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Accepted Paper:

The Islamic body as a political project and mark of identity in a Muslim community of Buenos Aires  
Mari-Sol Garcia Somoza (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

Paper short abstract:

Since the 19th century, Islam has become a formalist religious tradition that allowed for a body culture codified in the Sunna. This paper aims to analyze the modes of Islamic body construction and the strategies applied to the body of Muslim women in the city of Buenos Aires.

Paper long abstract:

Since the 19th century, Islam has become a formalist religious tradition. This vision built a body culture codified in the Sunna that proposes models that guide bodily uses. This paper aims to analyze the modes of Islamic body construction and the strategies applied to the body of Muslim women in the city of Buenos Aires.

In non-Islamic contexts such as Argentina, these strategies are expressed in specific forms of purification, gestures, and actions. They are adapted to everyday life and are legitimized in the observance of an Islamic ethic. From this ethic, definitions about the body are derived that are produced in Islamic countries and have an impact on the ways of living the religion in contexts where Islamic communities are minorities. The tradition and its normativity are reproduced in the daily practice of the members of the Muslim community but materializing in bodily and sensorial aspects that shape a specific Islamic identity.

Panel P071b
Experiencing the sensing body: mind-body techniques, contemporary spiritual practices and the senses II
  Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -