Beyond Emasculation: Being Muslim and Becoming Hijra in South Asia

@article{Hossain2012BeyondEB,
  title={Beyond Emasculation: Being Muslim and Becoming Hijra in South Asia},
  author={A. Hossain},
  journal={Asian Studies Review},
  year={2012},
  volume={36},
  pages={495 - 513}
}
  • A. Hossain
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Asian Studies Review
Abstract Hijra, the icon of sex/gender non-conformism in South Asia, are “male-bodied” people who identify as female and sacrifice their male genitals to a goddess in return for spiritual prowess. While hijra draw on a narrative tradition that creatively mingles Hinduism and Islam, scholars suggest that hijra exhibit a special bias towards Islam. In recent times, as in the more distant colonial past, that association has been drawn on the basis of emasculation, the putatively defining ritual of… Expand
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