The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics by Jennifer Heath

By Jennifer Heath

This groundbreaking quantity, written fullyyt via ladies, examines the drastically misunderstood and multilayered global of the veil. Veiling-- of girls, of fellows, and of sacred areas and objects--has existed in numerous cultures and religions from time immemorial. this present day, veiling is a globally polarizing factor, a locus for the fight among Islam and the West and among modern and standard interpretations of Islam. yet veiling was once a tradition lengthy prior to Islam and nonetheless extends a ways past the center East. This booklet explores and examines the cultures, politics, and histories of veiling. Twenty-one talented writers and students, representing quite a lot of societies, religions, a long time, destinations, races, and accomplishments, right here elucidate, problem, and/or compliment the perform. Expertly prepared and brought through Jennifer Heath, who additionally writes on male veiling, the essays are prepared in 3 components: the veil as an expression of the sacred; the veil because it pertains to the emotional and the sensual; and the veil in its sociopolitical facets. This certain, dynamic, and insightful quantity is illustrated all through. It brings jointly a multiplicity of notion and event, a lot of it own, to make simply available a tricky and debatable topic. members: 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 okay. Taylor, Ashraf Zahedi, Dinah Zeiger, Sherifa Zuhur

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When they try to create a society in which wearing it will be not just a community value encouraged through educational and cultural means, but a requirement enforced by the state and a cause for harassment of women who do not veil, then Islamists will have become just as tyrannical as the secular powers that have dominated much of their world for the last five decades. Islamists should be careful to avoid a mirrorimage reversal of the hijab-banning policies of secular regimes, the way the Islamic Republic of Iran reacted to the shah.

For more about Suzanne Lacy’s mourning women, see Lucy R. Lippard, Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1984). For a provocative and comprehensive look at veiling in European literature from the medieval period to the mid-nineteenth century, refer to Mohja Kahf, Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999). Of interest here is Hollywood Harems, a short 1999 documentary by filmmaker Tania Kamal-Eldin.

Thornton, Women as Portrayed, 16. Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage Books, 1979), 6, 83. Malek Alloula, The Colonial Harem, trans. Myrna Godzich and Wlad Godzich (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986), focuses primarily on postcards—which Alloula calls “comic strips of colonial morality”—made across thirty years for French colonialist trade. Dinah Zeiger, “Unusable Faces” (spring 2005). Cyril Christo, The Whispering Veils: Poems on Christo’s Art (Westport, CT: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1988).

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