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Author El Guindi, Fadwa.

Title Veil : modesty, privacy, and resistance / Fadwa El Guindi.

Published Oxford, UK ; New York, NY : Berg, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  297.57 Elg    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 242 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Dress, body, culture, 1360-466X.
Dress, body, culture. 1360-466X.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-234) and indexes.
Contents Pt. 1. Veiling in Perspective -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Veil in Comparative Tradition -- 3. Ideological Roots to Ethnocentrism -- Pt. 2. Dress, "Libas" and "Hijab" -- 4. The Anthropology of Dress -- 5. Sacred Privacy -- 6. The Veil in Social Space -- 7. The Veil Of Masculinity -- 8. The Veil Becomes a Movement -- 9. The Sacred In The Veil: Hijab -- Pt. 3. The Resistance of the Veil -- 10. Reactions To The New Trend -- 11. Contexts Of Resistance -- 12. Veiling And Feminism.
Summary "In the 1970s, often to the consternation of parents and siblings certain progressive young Arab women voluntarily donned the veil. The movement, which rapidly expanded and continues to gather momentum has sparked controversy within Islamic culture as well as reactions ranging from perplexity to outrage from those outside it. Western feminist commentators have been particularly vociferous in decrying the veil which they glibly interpret as a concrete manifestation of patriarchal oppression." "However, most Western observers fail to realize that veiling, which has a long and complex history, has been embraced by many Arab women as both an affirmation of cultural identity and a student feminist statement. Not only does the veil demarginalize women in society, but it also represents an expression of liberation from colonial legacies. In short, contemporary veiling is more often than not about resistance." "This book draws on extensive original fieldwork, anthropology, history and original Islamic sources to challenge the simplistic assumption that veiling is largely about modesty and seclusion, honor and shame."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Veils -- Social aspects.
Islam -- Customs and practices.
Muslim women -- Clothing.
ISBN 1859739245 (cloth)
1859739296 (paper)