Female circumcision : the interplay of religion, culture, and gender in Kenya /

Main Author: Wangila, Mary Nyangweso.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, c2007.
Series: Women from the margins series.
Table of Contents:
  • Foreword / Mercy Amba Oduyoye
  • The controversy
  • What is female circumcision?
  • What is at stake?
  • The centrality of religion
  • Organization of the book
  • Religion and the social behavior of Kenyans
  • The social structure of Kenyan communities
  • The social status of women
  • Female circumcision in Kenya: an overview
  • Religion and the social behavior
  • Religions in Kenya
  • The debate over female circumcision
  • The debate over terminology
  • Reasons for female circumcision
  • The functioning of patriarchal systems
  • Women's sexuality and female circumcision
  • Opposition to female circumcision
  • The insider/outsider conflict
  • Strategies to combat female circumcision
  • Sexuality, gender, and religion in Kenya
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The control of sexuality
  • Religion and female sexuality
  • Summary
  • Religion and female circumcision
  • The religious origins of female circumcision
  • How religion sanctions female circumcision
  • How indigenous beliefs determine female circumcision
  • Islam and female circumcision
  • Christianity and female circumcision
  • Transforming attitudes toward female circumcision
  • The reality of social change in Kenya
  • Religion as liberative
  • African feminist hermeneutics
  • Religious sources for transformation: a brief illustration
  • Conclusion and recommendations.