Ritual female genital surgery among bedouin in Israel

Abed Asali, Naif Khamaysi, Yunis Aburabia, Simha Letzer, Buteina Halihal, Moshe Sadovsky, Benjamin Maoz, Haim Belmaker

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Ritual female genital operations are common in many parts of the world, with varying degrees of mutilation from clitoridectomy and removal of the labia to removal of the clitoral prepuce. Interviews of 21 Bedouin women in southern Israel revealed the practice to be normative in several tribes. However, physical examination of 37 young women from those tribes at a gynecological clinic revealed only small scars on the labia in each woman. Bedouin in southern Israel may offer a model of evolution of female circumcision into a nonmutilative ritual incision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-575
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 1995


  • Bedouin
  • clitoridectomy
  • clitoris
  • female circumcision
  • genital surgery
  • labia majora
  • labia minora


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