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The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics

The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520255180
ISBN 10: 520255186
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2008-07-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
List Price: $29.95

"The twenty-one essays here, all by women, provide an exciting, first hand account of the significance of veiling, past and present, in various countries, religions and cultures. The editor's introduction is a wonderful exposition of the current scholarship regarding the sacred, sensual and sociopolitical connotations of the veil. The book brilliantly illuminates the universality of the veil, and reveals that it is not confined to Islam. The book should be compulsory reading for policy-makers all over the world. Anyone interested in the human condition (not only researchers in the fields of sociology or economics or literary and cultural studies) can profit from this scholarly yet jargon-free book."—Shyamala A. Narayan, Jamia Millia Islamia University

"A refreshingly three-dimensional portrait of the veil in history and in our contemporary world. This collection of essays turns the veil into a mirror, reflecting back upon us our own presumptions and prejudices. You will learn something about yourself in these pages."—Asifa Quraishi