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A quiet revolution : the veil's resurgence, from the Middle East to America

Author: Leila Ahmed
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2011.
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In Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leila Ahmed
ISBN: 9780300170955 0300170955 9780300181432 0300181434
OCLC Number: 670481392
Description: viii, 352 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The islamic resurgence and the veil: from emergence to migration. Unveiling --
The veil's vanishing past --
The 1970s : seeds of the resurgence --
The new veil : converging influences --
The 1980s : exploring women's motivations --
Islamist connections --
Migrations --
The 1990s : a changing climate in America --
After 9/11 : new pathways in America. Prologue --
Backlash : the veil, the burkah, and the clamor of war --
Isna and the women of isna --
American Muslim women's activism in the twenty-first century.
Other Titles: Veil's resurgence, from the Middle East to America
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In Cairo in the 1940s, the author was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. However, the majority of Muslim women  Read more...

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"What lies behind the phenomenon of Muslim women wearing "Islamic dress"? Leila Ahmed provides an engaging tour through nationalism, socialism, Islam, and anti-imperialism in her beautifully written Read more...

 
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