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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Islamic Tradition and Celibacy

 Islamic Tradition and Celibacy

(p.133) 7 Islamic Tradition and Celibacy
Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Shahzad Bashir

Oxford University Press

The prophet Muhammad served as a model for those entering into marriage and celibacy is rejected as a human invention, although the Islamic tradition embodies exceptions with Sufism and its more negative attitudes toward the human body. Sufi groups used celibacy as a form of social protest. There is also a relation between forced celibacy and political power during the medieval period. In addition to certain Sufi groups, eunuchs represented another exception to the general negative Islamic attitude toward celibacy.

Keywords:   Muhammad, body, Sufi, eunuchs, marriage

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