"An unique contribution to a subject matter that's at present of a lot curiosity to the realm at huge, East or West, and has an enormous relating the placement of girls within the societies within which veiling is practiced."--The heart East Journal
"Highly prompt. . . . It attracts on and contributes to present feminist theorizing in heart East women's stories and in broader feminist educational circles."--International magazine of center East Studies
"A welcome contribution to center japanese and women’s experiences, offering an innovating procedure and examine to a hugely arguable factor in gender politics."--Digest of heart East Studies
An insightful and provocative publication. . . . [It] ends up in a greater realizing of the veil and a debunking of present clichés.” —Farzaneh Milani, collage of Virginia
Illustrated with images, drawings, and cartoons amassed from pop culture, this provocative publication demonstrates that the veil, the garment identified in Islamic cultures because the hijab, holds inside of its folds a semantic versatility that is going some distance past present clichés and homogenous representations.
even if visible as erotic or romantic, a logo of oppression or an indication of piety, modesty, or purity, the veil incorporates millions of years of spiritual, sexual, social, and political importance. utilizing examples from either the East and West—including Persian poetry, American erotica, Iranian and Indian movies, and government-sanctioned posters—Faegheh Shirazi indicates that the veil has develop into a ubiquitous image, applied as a ecocnomic advertising device for varied companies, from Penthouse journal to Saudi ads companies.
She argues that perceptions of the veil swap with the cultural context of its use in addition to over the years: in a Hindi motion picture the veil attracts within the male gaze, in an Iranian motion picture it denies it; photos of veiled ladies in Playboy target to titillate a largely male viewers, whereas cartoons of veiled ladies within the similar journal mock and mock Muslim society.
Shirazi concludes that the perform of veiling, encompassing an amazingly wealthy array of meanings, has usually turn into a reveal upon which diverse humans in numerous cultures undertaking their goals and nightmares.
Faegheh Shirazi is affiliate professor of heart japanese languages and cultures within the Islamic reports application on the college of Texas, Austin. She is the writer of numerous publication chapters and articles on matters relating to girls in Islam in different courses, together with Critique and magazine for serious stories of the center East.