Fatima’s taklif
Bringing up children for a good future
in Iraqi women in Denmark
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Taking its starting point in the taklif ritual that is celebrated when a nine-year old girl begins to observe Islam, this chapter investigates how Iraqi women seek to transmit to the next generation particular norms, values, and traditions associated with the place of origin. From a parental perspective, the celebration of taklif represents both efforts to create relatedness between parents and children and attempts to include children in different kinds of community. All in all, the event forms part of a greater effort to make children into moral human beings. However, in the view of the majority society, women’s veiling is generally considered as one of the most visible signs of a chosen ‘otherness’ . Young women’s taklif may therefore also potentially expose them to various forms of exclusion in Danish society. The chapter highlights the sometimes contradictory processes of inclusion and exclusion associated with transmitting religious practice across generations.

Iraqi women in Denmark

Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life

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