Veiling in Africa Veiling in Africa

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 glamorous fashion.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 248 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 025300828X
  • 9780253008282

About Associate Professor 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).show more

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"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--Heather Marie Akou, Indiana University Bloomingtonshow more