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Piety and Trade: A Somali Woman Trader in Dubai
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2010 (English)In: Perspectives on Women's Everyday Religion / [ed] Marja-Liisa Keinänen, Stockholm: US-AB universitetsservice , 2010, 219-233 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper is about Aisha, a small scale trader in Dubai. After she made a failed attempt to smuggle the mildly narcotic qaad plant across the borders to the Emirates she was sent to prison for five years. At the time of my fieldwork (2005), she was attempting to build friendships and regain her reputation as a respectable and pious woman after her stay in prison. Because of her breach she lost the support of her clan, which is a serious drawback, since especially after the civil war and the collapse of the state, it is the clan which mainly provide Somalis with physical and economic security. During the course of my fieldwork Aisha is also gradually accepted by an increasing number of women and, therefore, her attempts to restore her reputation as a respectable woman seems to be successful. What will become apparent is that Aisha accomplishes this foremost by convincing her social group that she is a “good Muslim.” Therefore, piety is closely connected to respectability. Moreover, she associates her own story with the destiny also of other Somalis by referring to the devastating consequences of the civil war.

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Stockholm: US-AB universitetsservice , 2010. 219-233 p.
, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, ISSN 0562-1070 ; 35
Keyword [en]
Islam, Women, migration, diaspora, Dubai, Somalia, Somaliland, trade
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153934ISBN: 978-91-86071-35-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153934DiVA: diva2:418426
Available from: 2011-05-23 Created: 2011-05-23 Last updated: 2013-05-03Bibliographically approved

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