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Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women

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Across much of the world today, Muslim women of all ages are increasingly choosing to wear the veil. Is this trend a sign of rising piety or a way of asserting Muslim pride? And does the veil really provide women freedom from sexual harassment? Written in the form of letters addressing all those interested in this issue, Questioning the Veil examines the inconsistent and inadequate reasons given for the veil, and points to the dangers and limitations of this highly questionable cultural practice. Marnia Lazreg, a preeminent authority in Middle East women's studies, combines her own experiences growing up in a Muslim family in Algeria with interviews and the real-life stories of other Muslim women to produce this nuanced argument for doing away with the veil.

An incisive mix of the personal and political, supported by meticulous research, Questioning the Veil will compel all readers to reconsider their views of this controversial and sensitive topic.

Lazreg stresses that the veil is not included in the five pillars of Islam, asks whether piety sufficiently justifies veiling, explores the adverse psychological effects of the practice on the wearer and those around her, and pays special attention to the negative impact of veiling for young girls. Lazreg's provocative findings indicate that far from being spontaneous, the trend toward wearing the veil has been driven by an organized and growing campaign that includes literature, DVDs, YouTube videos, and courses designed by some Muslim men to teach women about their presumed rights under the veil.

An incisive mix of the personal and political, supported by meticulous research, Questioning the Veil will compel all readers to reconsider their views of this controversial and sensitive topic.

Review:

"Lazreg presents her research in the form of a collection of letters, where each letter analyzes interviews with several Muslim women combined with Lazreg’s personal experiences growing up in a Muslim family. From modesty and sexual harassment to cultural identity, Lazreg distills the very many explanations used in adorning the veil to deconstruct its religious substantiation." ---

Review:

"A highly readable, moving book, based on the experiences of Muslim women, it is the most lucid argument I know for doing away with the veil." ---June Purvis, Times Higher Education Supplement

Synopsis:

"A wonderful read: well-written, well-constructed, well-argued, and highly significant. Lazreg addresses a controversial topic and takes intellectual risks. This little gem of a book is brilliant."--Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles

"Clearly expressed and convincing, this book makes arguments and counters opposing views in a subtle, gentle, and imaginative way. Readers will find the book fascinating and will be drawn to its personal nature and elegant answers."--Judith Herrin, Kings College London

About the Author

Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and Hunter College, City University of New York. Her books include "The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question" and "Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Letter One: Modesty 15

Letter Two: Sexual Harassment 41

Letter Three: Cultural Identity 53

Letter Four: Conviction and Piety 67

Letter Five: Why Women Should Not

Wear the Veil 97

Notes 133

References 147

Index 153

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691138183
Author:
Lazreg, Marnia
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Hijab (Islamic clothing)
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Islam - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Middle Eastern Studies
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Islam-Rituals and Practice
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 12 oz

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
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Religion » Islam » Rituals and Practice

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Product details 168 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691138183 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lazreg presents her research in the form of a collection of letters, where each letter analyzes interviews with several Muslim women combined with Lazreg’s personal experiences growing up in a Muslim family. From modesty and sexual harassment to cultural identity, Lazreg distills the very many explanations used in adorning the veil to deconstruct its religious substantiation." ---
"Review" by , "A highly readable, moving book, based on the experiences of Muslim women, it is the most lucid argument I know for doing away with the veil." ---
"Synopsis" by , "A wonderful read: well-written, well-constructed, well-argued, and highly significant. Lazreg addresses a controversial topic and takes intellectual risks. This little gem of a book is brilliant."--Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles

"Clearly expressed and convincing, this book makes arguments and counters opposing views in a subtle, gentle, and imaginative way. Readers will find the book fascinating and will be drawn to its personal nature and elegant answers."--Judith Herrin, Kings College London

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