Veil

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The Muslim veil seems to be a simple object – just a piece of cloth, really, wrapped about the head; but does it cover the face completely, or only the hair, or is it worn some other way? Is it a requirement of Islam? If not, why do women wear it? For privacy, for security, for anonymity? Or because of cultural mores that restrict women’s freedoms? Can or would women choose to wear the veil if they actually had a choice – and if they did, why would (or wouldn’t) they? These are just a few of the fascinating questions that author Rafia Zakaria addresses in this brief volume. In just over a hundred pages, readers are immersed in Zakaria’s intelligent musings on the various ways she herself has regarded the veil, sometimes wearing it and sometimes not; how others have regarded her and her choices, and that’s effect on her; and other shades of meaning that other women have found in wearing it. There is much more to it than first appears, and this little book will cause you to examine your own suppositions and biases while broadening your appreciation for this seemingly simple cloth.


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Author Rafia Zakaria • Christopher Schaberg, Series Editor • Ian Bogost, Series Editor
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date 2017-Sep-07
ISBN 9781501322778
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Issue January 2018
Category Reference
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