The Religious Body Imagined - Pamela D. Winfield

The Religious Body Imagined - Pamela D. Winfield

4. Non-binary Sexual and Gender Identities in the Community: The Khuntha as an Isolated Being in the Mosque

The Religious Body Imagined - Pamela D. Winfield

Saqer Almarri [+-]
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Saqer A. Almarri is an independent scholar and translator. They hold a Ph.D. in Translation Studies from Binghamton University–State University of New York (2019). Their research examines how Islamic jurists incorporate bodies that do not conform to the dominant sexual binary into frameworks of Islamic law, and the changes to epistemology when translating pre-modern scholarship into modern languages. Saqer’s previous scholarship has appeared in academic publications such as Women & Language (2018) and TSQ (2016).

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The Mamluk jurist Abd al-Rahim al-Isnawi wrote a legal manual to articulate what Islamic law, in the Shafi‘i form, expects of the religiously observant life of a khuntha who has yet to be assigned a sex. Al-Isnawi described a congregational prayer format that allows a khuntha, or a group of khunatha, to participate in the congregation. Building on theories of space, religion, and gender as articulated by Michel de Certeau, Kim Knott, and Doreen Massey. This essay surveys the series of cases (10 in total) through a reading of strategies the jurist uses to regulate a khuntha’s access to men’s, women’s, and separate spaces, as well as to regulate interpersonal relations between men, women, and the khunatha.

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Almarri , Saqer . 4. Non-binary Sexual and Gender Identities in the Community: The Khuntha as an Isolated Being in the Mosque. The Religious Body Imagined. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 80-101 Jul 2024. ISBN 9781781799727. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39648. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39648. Jul 2024

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