chapter  4
27 Pages

Sport, exercise, and the female Muslim body: Negotiating Islam, politics, and male power

The sense that each of us has of our body is deeply personal, emotional, and physical. It is a sort of primordial corporeal consciousness, a sense of ownership of, and meaning ascribed to our physiological selves and inseparable from a more general sense of self. These very intimate feelings of body and selfhood are at the same time social products, constituted by, and located in culture. This fascinating inter-relationship between personal bodies and culture is explored throughout this chapter. More specifically, the focus is on the bodies of Muslim women in sport1 and physical recreation. The countries of the Middle East provide the major context.