My Mother’s Sons

Managing Sexuality in Islamic and Christian Communities
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My Mother’s Sons provides a thoughtful model for how Western Christian workers can respectfully negotiate sexual boundaries and norms in Muslim contexts. Westerners are inclined to impose their own culturally shaped notions of gender equality and justice on non-egalitarian communities, alienating the very people they are seeking to serve. The author draws on his own research among Pakistani Pashtuns, intercultural theory, and exegesis of Christian and Islamic sacred texts to show that it is possible to work for transformational change without offending those who live within a patriarchal system.

  • ISBN: 9780878086252
  • Pages: 290
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents


Part I: Sexuality and Its Management in an Islamic Community

1. Purdah: A Means of Understanding and Managing Sexuality

2. Purdah and Marriage

3. The Sacred Foundations of Purdah

Part II: Sexuality and Its Management in Christian Communities

4. The Greco-Roman Approach to Sexuality and Its Management

5. Creating the World of Sexuality: Genesis 1:1–2:4

6. Envisioning Sexuality and Its Management: Genesis 2:4–25

7. Explaining the Current Malaise: Genesis 2:25–3:24

8. Recreating Oneness in 1 Corinthians 7:1–16

9. Affirming the Other in 1 Corinthians 11:2–16

10. Restoring Order in 1 Corinthians 14:33–35

11. Transforming Relationships in Ephesians 5:22–33

12. Restoring Harmony in 1 Timothy 2:9–15

Part III: The Pashtuns and Paul: Sexuality, Culture, and Transformational Involvement

13. Commonality and Coherence

14. Conceptualizing Transformational Involvement

Appendix A: Cultural and Social Systems

Appendix B: Gender Parallelism in Luke and Acts



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