Impurity/No Danger

  title={Impurity/No Danger},
  author={A. Kevin Reinhart},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={1 - 24}
It is still true that Europeans and Americans quail at the thought of bodily functions that signify, that are not "merely biological," as we conceive them to be. In a prominent anthropologist's review of a certain recently translated Islamic text we may measure the discomfort of scholars by the author's distressed references to the section on purity regulations, where he cannot refrain from repeated reference to sodomized camels. He portrays the work as "theo-porn and coarse savagery," and its… Expand
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  • 2005
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