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

Author: Leila Ahmed
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2012.
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This is a probing study of the veil's recent return that reaches surprising conclusions about contemporary Islam's place in the West today. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leila Ahmed
ISBN: 9780300181432 0300181434
OCLC Number: 815510983
Description: viii. 352 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE The Islamic Resurgence and the Veil: From Emergence to Migration --
1.Unveiling --
2.The Veil's Vanishing Past --
3.The 1970s: Seeds of the Resurgence --
4.The New Veil: Converging Influences --
5.The 1980s: Exploring Women's Motivations --
6.Islamist Connections --
7.Migrations --
8.The 1990s: A Changing Climate in America --
pt. TWO After 9/11: New Pathways in America Prologue --
9.Backlash: The Veil, the Burka, and the Clamor of War --
10.ISNA and the Women of ISNA --
11.American Muslim Women's Activism in the Twenty-First Century.
Responsibility: Leila Ahmed.

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Tells the story of the veils' and headscarves' resurgence, from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West, suggesting a portrait of contemporary Islam.  Read more...

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"A Quiet Revolution is an exceptional study of women in Islam. Their story is a remarkable one, and Leila Ahmed tells it with grace and understanding." (Joseph Preville, Time Out) "...an acute study Read more...

 
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