Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance (Dress, Body, Culture)

Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance (Dress, Body, Culture)

Fadwa El Guindi


Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2000.

In the Seventies, usually to the consternation of oldsters and siblings, definite revolutionary younger Arab girls voluntarily donned the veil. The flow, which quickly elevated and maintains to collect momentum, has sparked controversy inside Islamic tradition, in addition to reactions starting from perplexity to outrage from these outdoors it. Western feminist commentators were rather vociferous in decrying the veil, which they glibly interpret as a concrete manifestation of patriarchal oppression.

However, so much Western observers fail to achieve that veiling, which has an extended and intricate historical past, has been embraced by means of many Arab ladies as either an confirmation of cultural id and a strident feminist assertion. not just does the veil de-marginalize girls in society, however it additionally represents an expression of liberation from colonial legacies. briefly, modern veiling is often approximately resistance. by way of voluntarily elimination themselves from the male gaze, those ladies assert their allegiance to a wealthy and sundry culture, and even as shield their sexual identification. past this, in spite of the fact that, the veil additionally communicates exclusivity of rank and nuances in social prestige and social family members that supply telling insights into how Arab tradition is constituted. extra, because the writer essentially demonstrates, veiling is in detail attached with notions of the self, the physique and group, in addition to with the cultural building of id, privateness and space.

This provocative e-book attracts on large unique fieldwork, anthropology, background and unique Islamic resources to problem the simplistic assumption that veiling is essentially approximately modesty and seclusion, honor and shame.

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