The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics / Edition 1

The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics / Edition 1

by Jennifer Heath
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520255186

ISBN-13: 9780520255180

Pub. Date: 07/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

This groundbreaking volume, written entirely by women, examines the vastly misunderstood and multilayered world of the veil. Veiling-of women, of men, and of sacred places and objects-has existed in countless cultures and religions for centuries. Today, veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West and between

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This groundbreaking volume, written entirely by women, examines the vastly misunderstood and multilayered world of the veil. Veiling-of women, of men, and of sacred places and objects-has existed in countless cultures and religions for centuries. Today, veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West and between contemporary and traditional interpretations of Islam. But veiling was a practice long before Islam and extends far beyond the Middle East. This book explores and examines the cultures, politics, and histories of veiling. Twenty-one gifted writers and scholars, representing a wide range of societies, religions, ages, locations, races, and accomplishments, here elucidate, challenge, and/or praise the practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255180
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction   Jennifer Heath     1
Part 1
From Her Royal Body the Robe Was Removed: The Blessings of the Veil and the Trauma of Forced Unveilings in the Middle East   Mohja Kahf     27
Shattered Vessels That Contain Divine Sparks: Unveiling Hasidic Women's Dress Code   Barbara Goldman Carrel     44
Going the Whole Nine Yards: Vignettes of the Veil in India   Roxanne Kamayani Gupta     60
Out of the Cloister: Unveiling to Better Serve the Gospel   Laurene M. Lafontaine     75
The Amish Veil: Symbol of Separation and Community   Jana M. Hawley     90
"What is subordinated, dominates": Mourning, Magic, Masks, and Male Veiling   Jennifer Heath     99
I Just Want to Be Me: Issues in Identity for One American Muslim Woman   Pamela K. Taylor     119
Part 2
"She freed and floated on the air": Salome and Her Dance of the Seven Veils   Shireen Malik     139
"He hath couerd my soule inwarde": Veiling in Medieval Europe and the Early Church   Desiree G. Koslin     160
Nubo: The Wedding Veil   Sarah C. Bell     171
After Eden: The Veil as a Conduit to the Internal   Eve Grubin     174
Virtue and Sin: An Arab Christian Woman's Perspective   Rita Stephan     191
Drawing the Line at Modesty: My Place in the Order of Things   Michelle Auerbach     202
On the Road: Travels with My Hijab   Maliha Masood     213
Part 3
Purdah, Patriarchy, and the Tropical Sun: Womanhood in India   Jasbir Jain     231
The Veil: From Persepolis   Marjane Satrapi     248
Concealing and Revealing Female Hair: Veiling Dynamics in Contemporary Iran   Ashraf Zahedi     250
That (Afghan) Girl! Ideology Unveiled in National Geographic   Dinah Zeiger     266
Burqas and Bikinis: Islamic Dress in Newspaper Cartoons   Kecia Ali     281
Dress Codes and Modes: How Islamic Is the Veil?   Aisha Lee Fox Shaheed     290
From Veil to Veil: "What's in a woman's head is a lot more important than what's on it"   Sherifa Zuhur     307
Epilogue     319
About the Contributors     323
Index     331

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