By Faegheh Shirazi

"An unique contribution to an issue that is presently of a lot curiosity to the realm at huge, East or West, and has a huge referring to the location of girls within the societies during which veiling is practiced."--The center East Journal

"Highly suggested. . . . It attracts on and contributes to present feminist theorizing in center East women's reviews and in broader feminist educational circles."--International magazine of heart East Studies

"A welcome contribution to heart jap and women’s stories, supplying an innovating technique and learn to a hugely arguable factor in gender politics."--Digest of center East Studies

An insightful and provocative publication. . . . [It] ends up in a greater realizing of the veil and a debunking of present clichés.” —Farzaneh Milani, college of Virginia

Illustrated with images, drawings, and cartoons collected from pop culture, this provocative booklet demonstrates that the veil, the garment identified in Islamic cultures because the hijab, holds inside of its folds a semantic versatility that is going a ways past present clichés and homogenous representations.

no matter if obvious as erotic or romantic, a logo of oppression or an indication of piety, modesty, or purity, the veil includes millions of years of spiritual, sexual, social, and political value. utilizing examples from either the East and West—including Persian poetry, American erotica, Iranian and Indian motion pictures, and government-sanctioned posters—Faegheh Shirazi indicates that the veil has develop into a ubiquitous image, applied as a ecocnomic advertising device for various agencies, from Penthouse journal to Saudi ads companies.

She argues that perceptions of the veil switch with the cultural context of its use in addition to over the years: in a Hindi motion picture the veil attracts within the male gaze, in an Iranian motion picture it denies it; photos of veiled girls in Playboy goal to titillate a mostly male viewers, whereas cartoons of veiled girls within the related journal mock and mock Muslim society. 

Shirazi concludes that the perform of veiling, encompassing an amazingly wealthy array of meanings, has usually develop into a display upon which various humans in numerous cultures undertaking their goals and nightmares. 

Faegheh Shirazi is affiliate professor of center japanese languages and cultures within the Islamic stories software on the college of Texas, Austin. She is the writer of numerous booklet chapters and articles on concerns regarding girls in Islam in several guides, together with Critique and magazine for severe reviews of the center East.

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