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Settling Biographic Narratives As Texts-In-Context

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This chapter provides an overview of part II of the book One Foot in Heaven: Narratives on Gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan and its chapters. In Part Two, the biographic narratives of two working women, Hajja, a market woman, and Umm Khalthoum, a female teacher, take centre stage. To understand author's own role in these narrative processes the author, in the Epilogues to each of the narratives, turns the analytical gaze around and look inwards. In this way the author assesses her positioning in the Islamist discourse, as well as in the discourses ‘back home’. Before introducing Hajja and Umm Khalthoum the author reflects on some themes that arise when women’s biographic narratives are the central focus of an analysis: identity, memory, experience and agency.

Keywords: biographic narratives; Darfur; Hajja; Islamist discourse; Umm Khalthoum; west-Sudan



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