Veiling in Africa

Veiling in Africa

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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 fashionable glamour.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 8 colour illustrations, 31 b&w illustrations
  • 025300814X
  • 9780253008145

About Elisha P. Renne

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).
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"Explores the many meanings and uses of veiling which is so often treated as a monolithic phenomenon emblematic of Islam in different African and African diaspora contexts." Emma Tarlo, Goldsmiths, University of London "Although Islam has existed in Africa for more than one thousand years, its influence on material expressive culture (dress, sculpture, painting, architecture) has not been as well explored as indigenous religious and cultural traditions. This volume examines the complex histories, politics, and experiences of wearing Islamic dress in sub-Saharan Africa." Heather Marie Akou, Indiana University Bloomington
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Veiling/Counter-Veiling in sub-Saharan Africa Elisha Renne Part I. Veiling Histories & 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 & 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 Jose 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 at the Verge of Sudan's Secession Amal H. Fadlalla List of Contributors Index
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