Foundations of Corporal Ethic

  • Asma Lamrabet


Largely, Western ideologies of body worship that exploit women under the guise of liberation are paralleled by Islamic ideologies seeking to confine women’s bodies in clothes called al-Libās ash-Shar’ī (conformant to Islamic law). The Qur’ān describes three types of attire for men and women: that which covers nudity; that which beautifies; and libās at-taqwā, the inward attire showing the “beauty of heart and soul.” Hijāb, signifying headscarf does not appear in the Qur’ān, which speaks of khimār, a shawl covering head and chest that women in Arabia and elsewhere wore, and jilbāb, an over-clothing item women were encouraged to wear, to protect their freedom of movement. Hijāb is mentioned seven times in the Qur’ān, always meaning partition, to protect the at-home privacy of the Prophet’s wives, never as attire.

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  • Asma Lamrabet
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  1. 1.L’hôpital Avicennes de RabatRabatMorocco

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