Islamic Tradition and Celibacy

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The prophet Muhammad served as a model for those entering into marriage and celibacy is rejected as a human invention, although the Islamic tradition embodies exceptions with Sufism and its more negative attitudes toward the human body. Sufi groups used celibacy as a form of social protest. There is also a relation between forced celibacy and political power during the medieval period. In addition to certain Sufi groups, eunuchs represented another exception to the general negative Islamic attitude toward celibacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCelibacy and Religious Traditions
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199867721
ISBN (Print)9780195306316
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Body
  • Eunuchs
  • Marriage
  • Muhammad
  • Sufi


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