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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 from time immemorial. Today, veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West

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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 from time immemorial. 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 still 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. Expertly organized and introduced by Jennifer Heath, who also writes on male veiling, the essays are arranged in three parts: the veil as an expression of the sacred; the veil as it relates to the emotional and the sensual; and the veil in its sociopolitical aspects. This unique, dynamic, and insightful volume is illustrated throughout. It brings together a multiplicity of thought and experience, much of it personal, to make readily accessible a difficult and controversial subject.

Contributors: Kecia Ali, Michelle Auerbach, Sarah C. Bell, Barbara Goldman Carrel, Eve Grubin, Roxanne Kamayani Gupta, Jana M. Hawley, Jasbir Jain, Mohja Kahf, Laurene Lafontaine, Shireen Malik, Maliha Masood, Marjane Satrapi, Aisha Shaheed, Rita Stephan, Pamela K. Taylor, Ashraf Zahedi, Dinah Zeiger, Sherifa Zuhur

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
Acknowledgments
Introduction

I
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
2. Shattered Vessels That Contain Divine Sparks: Unveiling Hasidic Women's Dress Code
Barbara Goldman Carrel
3. Going the Whole Nine Yards: Vignettes of the Veil in India
Roxanne Kamayani Gupta
4. Out of the Cloister: Unveiling to Better Serve the Gospel
Laurene M. Lafontaine
5. The Amish Veil: Symbol of Separation and Community
Jana Hawley
6. “What is subordinated, dominates”: Mourning, Magic, Masks, and Male Veiling
Jennifer Heath
7. I Just Want to Be Me: Issues in Identity for One American Muslim Woman
Pamela K. Taylor

II
8. “She freed and floated on the air”: Salome and Her Dance of the Seven Veils
Shireen Malik
9. “He hath couerd my soule inwarde”: Veiling in Medieval Europe and the Early Church
Désirée G. Koslin
10. Nubo: The Wedding Veil
Sarah C. Bell
11. After Eden: The Veil as a Conduit to the Internal
Eve Grubin
12. Virtue and Sin: An Arab Christian Woman's Perspective
Rita Stephan
13. Drawing the Line at Modesty: My Place in the Order of Things
Michelle Auerbach
14. On the Road: Travels with My Hijab
Maliha Masood

III
15. Purdah, Patriarchy, and the Tropical Sun: Womanhood in India
Jasbir Jain
16. The Veil: From Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi
17. Concealing and Revealing Female Hair: Veiling Dynamics in Contemporary Iran
Ashraf Zahedi
18. That (Afghan) Girl! Ideology Unveiled in National Geographic
Dinah Zeiger
19. Burqas and Bikinis: Islamic Dress in Newspaper Cartoons
Kecia Ali
20. Dress Codes and Modes: How Islamic Is the Veil?
Aisha Shaheed
21. From Veil to Veil: “What's in a woman's head is more important than what's on it”
Sherifa Zuhur

Epilogue
About the Contributors
Index

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