a. Men can pray at the mosque or at home. Women always pray at home.
b. One must lay out a prayer rug in the direction of Mecca before beginning.
b.i. Wherever the rug is placed becomes sacred space, making it a sort
of magic carpet.
c. The firs
a. Ideas about procreation are essential for understanding the meaning of family,
marriage, kinship, village, and nation.
b. Men give identity, which is a function of origin, which is the source of legitimacy.
c. Islam is the most fundamen
Religion and Reproduction
a. Religion and reproduction tend to be mutually exclusive domains.
b. The fact that reproduction involves at least two persons makes it social
and an arena wherein different interests intersect and possibly conflict.
c. It is
The Meaning of Paternity
a. Paternity is not merely the recognition of a physiological link between a
man and child analogous to that held between a woman and the child.
b. Paternity means begetting, and it is primary, creative, and engendering.
Seed and Soil
a. Delaney was shocked when she found herself teaching her daughter what
she had been taught regarding the origins of people:
a.i. The daddy plants a seed inside mommy.
a.ii. As a child Delaney was discontent with being viewed as a medium
a. The Turkish village society is built around values taught by the theory of
b. In the village procreation is much more than reproduction, but instead it is
analogous to divine creation.
c. The principle of procreation is sym
I. How do the metaphors we use to describe procreation affect our view of the relative
worth of each gender? Carol Delaney discloses the powerful meanings condensed in
the seemingly innocent images of "seed" and "soil." Drawing on her work in a small
I. Shiite Muslim Mens Narratives
a. One Hizbullah member opposed donor insemination based on his own
a.i. Being able to religiously marry his (donor insemination-origin)
daughter once she turned 16 seemed unethical.
b. While Ayatollah Khamanei ha
I. Shia Islam
a. Shia is found in Iran, parts of Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia
as well as Afganistan, Pakistan, and India.
b. Shia Islam is characterized by a hierarchy of religious leaders, unlike
c. In 1999 the supreme jurisprudent of
I. Sunni Muslim Mens Counternarratives
a. Some men broke with general opinion on the subjects of adoption and
gamete donation, becoming moral pioneers in a conservative religious
b. 10 men were considering actual adoption of a child (including tr