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On the Muslim Question$
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Anne Norton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157047

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157047.001.0001

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Sex and Sexuality

Sex and Sexuality

(p.45) Chapter 2 Sex and Sexuality
On the Muslim Question

Anne Norton

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how the Muslim question has depicted Islam as the preeminent danger to sex and sexuality. Condemnation of Islam's treatment of women has united conservative Catholics and nostalgic Stalinists, neoliberals and social democrats. However, this rare point of unity among philosophers and politicians does not arise from a profound moment of Western cultural consensus. On the contrary, sex and sexuality in the West remain sites of enduring inequalities and fundamental disagreements. This is the terrain of the cultural wars, and underneath the seeming agreement on Islam, debates over sex and sexuality, equality and the sanctity of the family, the role of women, culture and rights, continue unabated. The chapter considers the veil and what it symbolizes, particularly in relation to sex and sexuality.

Keywords:   veil, Muslim question, Islam, sex, sexuality, women, West, equality, family

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