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This chapter provides an overview of Part I of the book One Foot in Heaven: Narratives on Gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan and its chapters. The Part one constitutes the first step in author's search for the ways in which working women in Kebkabiya constructed gendered identities in the context of the dominant Islamist discourse of the Sudanese government. In the introduction the author pointed out that the notion of intertextuality allows for texts to have a multiplicity of meaning and thus it creates conceptual room for ambiguity with respect to ‘the’ meaning of a text. The relation between intertextuality and power is important as it points at specific discourses which may restrict the number of readings of a text in a specific context. The notion of ‘settings’ therefore qualifies the more general notion of context to a more particular, in time and space defined context of Kebkabiya.

Keywords: Darfur; intertextuality; Islam; Kebkabiya; west-Sudan; working women



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