Women, Religion, and Postmodernism
Cairo. It is Friday, October 16, 1998. I am sitting in my small apartment in Shoubra, a district north of Cairo, writing this chapter entitled “Women, Religion and Post-Modernism.” It is midday. The words, Allaho Akbar (God is the Greatest) pierce my ears like a bullet. Scores of voices are screaming out in one breath, Allaho Akbar. All of them are men shouting out the Friday mid-day call to prayer. Loud speakers and microphones are fixed on minarets. The whole district of Shoubra is transformed into a battlefield of male voices calling to God, the Greatest of all gods, to no other god except Him. The number of mosques in Shoubra, as in all parts of Egypt, has multiplied in the last two decades. I can no longer keep count of the number of minarets surrounding our building.
KeywordsFundamentalist Group Religious Freedom Male Voice Female Circumcision Religious Fundamentalism
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