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Ranging from simple head scarf to full-body burqa, the veil is worn by vast numbers of Muslim women around the world. This book explains one of the most visible, controversial, and least understood emblems of Islam. Amer's evenhanded approach is anchored in sharp cultural insight and rich historical context. Addressing the significance of veiling in the religious, cultural, political, and social lives of Muslims, past and present, she examines the complex roles the practice has played in history, religion, conservative and progressive perspectives, politics and regionalism, society and economics, feminism, fashion, and art.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION: What Is Veiling?
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. PART I. ISLAM, POLITICS, AND VEILING
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 1. Understanding Veiling in Islamic Sacred Texts
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. 2. What Do Progressive Muslims Say about Veiling?
  2. pp. 38-55
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  1. 3. Politics and Sociocultural Practices of Veiling
  2. pp. 56-74
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  1. PART II. VEILING IN EURO- AMERICAN SOCIETIES
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 4. Veils, Harems, and the Mission to Civilize
  2. pp. 77-93
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  1. 5. Veiling in Western Europe Today
  2. pp. 94-111
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  1. 6. Veiling in the United States of America Today
  2. pp. 112-130
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  1. PART III. VEILING IN THE WORLD AND WORDS OF WOMEN
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. 7. Veiling and Feminism
  2. pp. 133-147
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  1. 8. Islamic Fashion, Beauty Pageants, and Muslim Dolls
  2. pp. 148-175
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  1. 9. Veiling through the Arts
  2. pp. 176-197
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 198-200
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  1. GLOSSARY: Terms Referring to Veiling
  2. pp. 201-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-234
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  1. Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 235-235
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469619804
Print ISBN
9781469617756
MARC Record
OCLC
883863792
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-01
Language
English
Open Access
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