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Hendrik Pekárek

1 Introduction On May 7, 2012, the Regional Court of Cologne, Germany, held that a doctor was criminally liable for conducting a ritual male circumcision on a boy. When the judgment was published a month later, in June 2012, the reports of a German court allegedly “banning” ritual circumcision

Peter W. Adler

In December 2014, the cdc , the health protection agency for the United States, issued the first ever draft federal circumcision recommendations (Draft cdc Recommendations) together with supporting background materials ( cdc Background Materials) for public comment. The cdc expects that

Paola Tartakoff

case, the child in question (who is not to be confused with William of Norwich, whom Jews allegedly crucified in 1144) actually existed and lived to tell his tale. Within days of his circumcision, five-year-old Edward—who may have been the son of a Jewish convert to Christianity—was said to have

Volker Wagner

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156853310X507231 Vetus Testamentum 60 (2010) 447-464 Vetus Testamentum Profanität und Sakralisierung der Beschneidung im Alten Testament Volker Wagner Leipzig Abstract Until after the era of exile, (male) circumcision was not widely

Travis Wisdom

The unnecessary procedure of male circumcision is largely performed for secular reasons in the Western world, which is sustained by a variety of rationalisations. Among these reasons is aesthetic value, which is one of the dominant discourses that propagate circumcisionism. Circumcisionism is defined as the hegemonic view that genital cutting is a normative and acceptable practice. Amputation of the foreskin is a way for a cutting culture to express hegemonic conceptions of masculinity and male beauty. Increased awareness about the benefits of the foreskin and the effects of circumcision has led many men to engage in foreskin restoration. Restoration entails non-surgical gradual tissue expansion over a period of time. Foreskin restoration can be therapeutic and psychologically empowering. As an act of bodily reclamation, restoration serves as a way to resist and to challenge circumcisionism. This chapter presents the ways in which men disrupt circumcisionism and construct non-majoritarian conceptions of masculine beauty by engaging in foreskin restoration. It offers the testimonies of those who are currently or have undergone restoration and provides a collective experience of restoring men. The men’s journey to healing is symbolic to establishing a new, whole body image. Foreskin restoration is a way to challenge hegemonic standards of male beauty by constructing a masculine aesthetic that validates and embraces the restored male body alongside the normal, intact (not circumcised) penis, as opposed to the circumcised male body.

Daniel R. Schwartz

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156851711X602421 Dead Sea Discoveries 18 (2011) 339–359 Yannai and Pella, Josephus and Circumcision * Daniel R. Schwartz The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Abstract Josephus’ notice that Alexander Yannai

Matthew Thiessen

interpretations run roughly as follows: in vv. 17-20 Paul echoes this Jewish person’s lofty, boastful self-description; in vv. 21-27, Paul demonstrates that this Jewish person has no ability to boast in his law observance and circumcision because he does not keep the entirety of the Jewish law, resulting in his

Bulookbashi, Ali A. and Marnani, Pouyan Shahidi

, a surgical procedure to the genitals that is practiced in accordance with the prevalent cultural and religious traditions among some ethnicities and the followers of certain religions. There are two types of circumcision: male and female circumcision.

Harwazinski, Assia Maria

1. The term ‘circumcision’ (Lat., circumcisio, a ‘cutting around’) denotes a certain surgical operation on the genitalia of boys and girls or men and women. With boys and men, several categories are to be distinguished: circumcision in the proper sense, which consists in the partial or total Male

Jarzebowski, Claudia

Circumcision (Hebrew berit milah, Arabic khitān) is an ancient ritual, the origins of which are unclear, but which was adopted into the traditions of Jewish and Islamic faith practices. The ritual applies solely to males. In Judaism, circumcision represents the bond between the tribal ancestor