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Posted by Alissa on September 6, 2002 at 15:49:39:
: Menstruation (linked below) next January! Whee!
: That's good news and bad news .... I'm delighted with the honor, and
: VERY happy that I can push henna research a little farther forward
: into the academic body of discussion. The bad news is that I doubt
: I have enough time and resources to do both Southern California and
: England in January. I think I'll need to speak to folks about the
: Serious SoCal Henna Conference in terms of late 2003 or early 2004.
: I'll post on the forum as soon as I have a date, place and things
: you can actually plan around. I hope to have firm information on
: Serious Chicago end of March 2003 and Serious Atlanta May 2003 by
: 1 so people can make arrangements..
: Abstract for my paper on henna and menstruation is (Lord this is
: Doc again so the punctuation may go flying all over the place):
: Menstruation and Henna: Pollution and Purification
: The Purification Role of Henna Use: Case Studies from North Africa,
: the Middle East and Bangladesh
: Catherine Cartwright Jones, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
: In traditional Islam, a menstruating woman is vulnerable, weakened,
: and polluted, therefore cannot pray, fast, or enter a mosque.
: Intercourse with a menstruating woman is strictly forbidden.
: tenets did not create these taboos; they reiterated pre-existing
: Semitic traditions. Islamic menstrual taboos are based on a concept
: of pollution/vulnerability versus purity/strength. For menstruating
: women, the vulnerability derives from the Evil Eye, and a world
: populated by Djinn, malevolent spirits irresistibly drawn to blood.
: These evil forces cause disease, infertility, and tragedy.
: Menstruating women are particularly prone to calamity due to these
: destructive forces; therefore misfortune is ascribed to menstruating
: women. Henna and running water, within this view of menarche,
: purifies women at the end of the menstrual cycle, so she can resume
: prayer, fasting and intercourse. Hennaed women are no longer
: especially vulnerable to hazardous evil forces that bring about
: to their families and communities.
: This paper examines the menstrual and genital blood taboos and their
: association with Djinn and the Evil Eye, offering examples from
: Islamic North Africa, the Middle East and Bangladesh. It
: that these taboos are based on cultural justifications from medieval
: Arab texts that defined menstrual pollution and henna?s purification
: as a logical extension of Islamic theological and scientific
: I demonstrate that menstrual taboos offered a useful explanation of
: disease and calamity, and define women?s position and sexual
: expression in society according to oppositions of
: pollution/vulnerability or purification/strength. I discuss the
: impact of globalization on henna use and menstrual taboos during the
: modern era, changed by western fashion and western explanations of
: disease and catastrophe.
: I don't recommend anyone plan to go to that conference unless you
: really love academic conferences .... but if you're in Liverpool U
: neighborhood then ..... shall we meet up for a beer? Graeham ...I
: think you owe me a beer ....:-)
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