The Islamic Veil

Pages: 224
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations

The Islamic Veil

A Beginner's Guide

Elizabeth M. Bucar

A timely introduction exploring the significance of the Islamic veil in today's world
Paperback
9781851689286 (6 Sep 2012)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Banned in public institutions in France and Turkey, mandatory in Saudi Arabia and Iran, no other item of clothing incites such furious reactions. The Islamic veil – a catch-all term that encompasses everything from a simple headscarf to the all-covering burqa – has, over the past decade, become a heated battleground for debates on everything from women’s rights to multiculturalism.

 

Elizabeth Bucar goes beyond the simplistic question of whether the veil is “good” or “bad” to ask instead why it has become so politically symbolic. Cutting through the condescension and fear that typify the debate, she reveals the huge diversity of women’s experiences of veiling. Her illuminating global perspective takes in everything from the new veiling movement among the Egyptian middle class to hijab fashion in Indonesia. It will be invaluable to anyone looking to understand the veil beyond its status as shorthand for Islamic fundamentalism and female oppression.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations

 

About the Author

Elizabeth Bucar is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University, USA. She is the author of Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi’a Women.