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Veiling in Africa (African Expressive Cultures)

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The tradition of the veil, which refers to various cloth coverings of the head, face, and body, has been little studied in Africa, where Islam has been present for more than a thousand years. These lively essays raise questions about what is distinctive about veiling in Africa, what religious histories or practices are reflected in particular uses of the veil, and how styles of veils have changed in response to contemporary events. Together, they explore the diversity of meanings and experiences with the veil, revealing it as both an object of Muslim piety and an expression of glamorous fashion.

About the Author

Elisha P. Renne is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She is author of The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria (IUP, 2010).

Table of Contents


Introduction: Veiling/Counter-Veiling in sub-Saharan Africa Elisha Renne

Part I. Veiling Histories and Modernities

1. Veiling, Fashion and Social Mobility: A Century of Change in Zanzibar Laura Fair

2. Veiling Without Veils: Modesty and Reserve in Tuareg Cultural Encounters Susan Rasmussen

3. Interwined Veiling Histories in Nigeria Elisha Renne

Part II. Veiling and Fashion

4. Religious Modesty, Fashionable Glamour, and Cultural Text: Veiling in Senegal

Leslie Rabine

5. Modest Bodies, Stylish Selves: Fashioning Virtue in Niger Adeline Masquelier

6. "Should a Good Muslim Cover Her Face?" Pilgrimage, Veiling, and Fundamentalisms in Cameroon José C. M. van Santen

Part III. Veiling/Counter-Veiling

7. Invoking Hijab: The Power Politics of Spaces and Employment in Nigeria

Hauwa Mahdi

8. "We Grew Up Free but Here We Have to Cover Our Faces": Veiling among Oromo Refugees in Eastleigh, Kenya Peri M. Klemm

9. Vulnerability Unveiled: Lubna's Pants and Humanitarian Visibility on the Verge of Sudan's Secession Amal Hassan Fadlalla

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Product Details

Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN
Renne, Elisha P.
Art-History and Criticism
African Studies
Edition Description:
African Expressive Cultures
Publication Date:
8 color illus., 31 bandw illus.
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
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Religion » Islam » Rituals and Practice

Veiling in Africa (African Expressive Cultures)
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