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“You must think we are monsters”: En etisk grundad granskning av relationen mellan könsstympning och islam.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“You must think we are monsters” : An ethical examination of the relationship between female genital mutilation and the religion of Islam (English)
Abstract [en]

The following essay examines the relationship between female genital mutilation and the religionof Islam and how this correlation can be understood through different normative ethical theoriesand social psychology. The method used in the essay is thematic analysis based on the theoreticalthematic analysis method by Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke. I have identified religious themesin previous studies and interview material concerning female genital mutilation and have examinedin what way these themes are related to Islam and how they can be understood through a muslimperspective, a Kantian deontological perspective, Aristotelian virtue ethics, and through applicablethemes from social psychology. The essay also reviews the prevalence of female genital mutilation,its earlier history and its scriptural support in the Quran and the Sunnah. The essay shows that thereexists a complex and multifaceted relationship between belief, culture and the practice of femalegenital mutilation and that religion holds an important role in the spread and upholding of thecustom and that it plays an essential part in the motivation behind it. It also concludes that there aremany ways to understand the ethical reasoning behind the practice and that there is no completeand all-encompassing ethical theory that is fully supported by scholars or the primary sources ofsharia, neither is there an ethical model universally used by the muslim practitioners of femalegenital mutilation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Female genital mutilation, FGM, FGC, Women's rights, Religion, Islam, Ethics.
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137748OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-137748DiVA: diva2:1121244
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Science of religion
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Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2017-07-10 Created: 2017-07-10 Last updated: 2017-07-10Bibliographically approved

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