Download e-book for kindle: Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City by Rudolf Pell Gaudio

By Rudolf Pell Gaudio

ISBN-10: 1444310526

ISBN-13: 9781444310528

A wealthy and engrossing account of 'sexual outlaws' within the Hausa-speaking zone of northern Nigeria, the place Islamic legislation calls for strict separation of the sexes and assorted principles of habit for girls and males in nearly each aspect of life.

the 1st ethnographic examine of sexual minorities in Africa, and one in every of only a few works on sexual minorities within the Islamic world

Engagingly written, combining cutting edge, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, old texts, and renowned media, together with video, movie, newspapers, and song-poetry

Analyzes the social reviews and expressive tradition of 'yan daudu (feminine males in Nigerian Hausaland) in terms of neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide debates over gender and sexuality on the flip of the twenty-first century

Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize within the type of "Outstanding Monograph"

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Anthropological relativism and postmodern uncertainty are dominant moods of the academy, at least in the humanities and the social sciences. Hence strong classical Orientalism has been disoriented, leaving behind weak, fragmented and contradictory versions of it. There are obviously exceptions to this scepticism towards grand narratives in writers like Francis Fukuyama’s triumphalist liberalism (1992), but generally the mood of academics appears to me more inclined to uncertainty, self-doubt or guilt.

Our perceptions have been shaped by the research of a variety of academic disciplines on radical Islam and the attention such work has been given in the popular representation of Islam through the media in the current age. Over two decades ago Edward Said (1978: 298), in his thinly veiled attack on such writing, pointed out that the impact of such work has been to present Islam as ‘a series of reductions and eliminations by which Islam could be represented as a closed system of exclusions’. This reduction of Islam, Said argued, places violence and, more specifically, acts of terrorism high on the Muslim agenda, particularly in the contemporary era when Muslims struggle with the forces of modernization and development.

Reflexive modernity is less certain of universal truths and more inclined to recognize local and particularistic visions of contingent and incomplete realities. Conclusion: Postmodernism and cosmopolitan irony Rorty (1989) has argued that postmodernism involves or requires irony, that is, a sense of distance from our beliefs (our final vocabularies), because as postmodern liberals we will be uncertain as to their ultimate validity. This irony is another way of expressing the idea that intellectuals will remain sceptical about grand narratives.

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