The Woman in the Muslin Mask

The Woman in the Muslin Mask : Veiling and Identity in Postcolonial Literature

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Western feminists have in the past singled out the veiling of women as a potent symbol of women's oppression under Islam. Daphne Grace explores the far more complex and contested role of veiling over the last 120 years. Looking at the ways in which the veil is used in literature, and its representations in writing from the East and the West, she shows how veiling has come to stand for both oppression and resistance. Grace asks why, at the start of the new millennium, veiling seems more popular than ever - and explores what veiling means for the women themselves.Chapters are arranged geographically and chronologically, beginning with the 'imperial gaze' of Victorian England, moving to the Arab Islamic world of the Middle East and the Maghreb and finally to India, in the process exploring the nationalist, religious, political and cultural meanings of the veil in its many manifestations, then and more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 226 x 20mm | 421.85g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0745320058
  • 9780745320052

About Daphne Grace

Stephen Nugent is the head of the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, a song writer (with Ian Dury) and the author (with Humphrey Ocean) of Big Mouth: The Amazon Speaks (Fourth Estate, 1990). Cris Shore is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). His most recent publications are: Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge', Oxford/New York: Berghahn (co-edited with Susanna Trnka, 2013) and 'The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology'.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Background to the Veil : History, Theory and Culture 2. Imagining Veiled Woman 3. Revealing and Re-veiling in the Fight for Women's Rights in Egypt 4. Piety and Patriarchy: Saudi Arabia, The Arabian Peninsular and the Eastern Mediterranean 5. Violence, Liberation and Resistance: North Africa 6. Subversion, Seduction and Shame: India 7. Conclusion: Liberating the Veil Bibliography Indexshow more

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