The veil : women writers on its history, lore, and politics

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  • Creator Edited by Jennifer Heath
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008. ©2008.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xiv, 346 pages) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 9780520941601, 0520941608, 9780520250406, 0520250400, 9780520255180, 0520255186
  • OCLC ocn779826383


  • Veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West and between contemporary and traditional interpretations of Islam. This book examines the vastly misunderstood and multi-layered world of the veil. It explores and analyzes the cultures, politics, and histories of veiling.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction JENNIFER HEATH; PART ONE; 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 M. HAWLEY
  • 6. "What is subordinated, dominates": Mourning, Magic, Masks, and Male Veiling JENNIFER HEATH7. I Just Want to Be Me: Issues in Identity for One American Muslim Woman PAMELA K. TAYLOR; PART TWO; 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 AUERBACH14. On the Road: Travels with My Hijab MALIHA MASOOD; PART THREE; 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 LEE FOX SHAHEED
  • 21. From Veil to Veil: "What's in a woman's head is a lot more important than what's on it" SHERIFA ZUHUREpilogue; About the Contributors; Index
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