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Introduction. Setting Out For Research

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book One Foot in Heaven: Narratives on Gender and Islam in Darfur, West-Sudan and its parts and chapters. The title of the book, One Foot in Heaven, refers to two hadith, religiously inspired sayings, based on religious texts and stories about the life of Mohammed. The book consists of three parts, each focusing on a different dimension of the process of the inter-subjective knowledge process, on different narratives and subjects. The part one focuses on those discourses that constitute the most important context in which the author reads the biographic narratives as well as diverse events in Kebkabiya against the grain. The part two represents the narratives of two women: Hajja, a market woman, and Umm Khalthoum, a teacher. In part three, the author takes another look at the insights gained from the analyses in parts one and two.

Keywords: biographic narratives; Darfur; hadith; Hajja; Islam; Kebkabiya; Mohammed; Umm Khalthoum; west-Sudan



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