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Marta Dominguez Diaz

 

Marta Dominguez Diaz is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her main interest is focused on modern ideological Islamic trends, with special reference to conversion to Islam through Modern Sufi movements in European contexts. She is currently researching on the religious identities of female members of the Sufi order Budshishiyya in France, United Kingdom, Spain and Morocco.

 

"Islamic Journeys of the Soul expressed in European Female Bodies: Religious Conversion as Bodily Enactments"

This paper explores how bodies of western European women converted to Islam construct meta-narratives and in which ways such bodily expressions reveal the intricacies of religious transformation. It analyses religious conversion from a perspective that allows the converted body speak about its own religiosity. The paper assesses, therefore, how the individual –religiously-converted- body relates to diverse collective bodies, and how such corporeal representations are marked by assumptions about gender, religion and secularism both in wider European and Islamic current discourses.