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Also, as theological discussions have led some religious leaders to question and even condemn some or all types of the practices, religious leaders have increased their involvement, most notably Islamic teachers who are speaking out against the idea that sunna circumcision is permissible. However, there continue to be some Muslim leaders who defend the less severe form. In addition to basic work to promote women’s literacy and empowerment, change efforts employ many creative ideas. In some countries, change agents have successfully promoted alternate rituals without cutting.

Van Gennep, Arnold. The Rites of Passage. Trans. Monika B. Vizedom and Gabrielle L. Caffee. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. CORINNE A. KRATZ C L I T O R I D E C T O M Y A ND I N F I B U L A T I O N Rites that include some form of female genital cutting are performed in numerous African cultures in northeastern, eastern, central, and western Africa. The types of cutting performed vary tremendously, although all forms are frequently referred to by the general terms female circumcision, female genital mutilation (FGM), or female genital cutting (FGC).

The Ritual Process: Structure and AntiStructure. Reprint edition. Chicago: Aldine Transaction, 1995. Van Damme, Annemieke. Spectacular Display: The Art of Nkanu Initiation Rituals. London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2003. Van Gennep, Arnold. The Rites of Passage. Trans. Monika B. Vizedom and Gabrielle L. Caffee. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. CORINNE A. KRATZ C L I T O R I D E C T O M Y A ND I N F I B U L A T I O N Rites that include some form of female genital cutting are performed in numerous African cultures in northeastern, eastern, central, and western Africa.

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