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The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling

by Anna-Mari Almila

Part of the Routledge International Handbooks Series

The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Synopsis

Veils and veiling are controversial topics in social and political life, generating debates across the world. The veil is enmeshed within a complex web of relations encompassing politics, religion and gender, and conflicts over the nature of power, legitimacy, belief, freedom, agency and emancipation. In recent years, the veil has become both a potent and unsettling symbol and a rallying-point for discourse and rhetoric concerning women, Islam and the nature of politics. Early studies in gender, doctrine and politics of veiling appeared in the 1970s following the Islamic revival and 're-veiling' trends that were dramatically expressed by 1979's Iranian Islamic revolution. In the 1990s, research focussed on the development of both an 'Islamic culture industry' and greater urban middle class consumption of 'Islamic' garments and dress styles across the Islamic world. In the last decade academics have studied Islamic fashion and marketing, the political role of the headscarf, the veiling of other religious groups such as Jews and Christians, and secular forms of modest dress. Using work from contributors across a range of disciplinary backgrounds and locations, this book brings together these research strands to form the most comprehensive book ever conceived on this topic. As such, this handbook will be of interest to scholars and students of fashion, gender studies, religious studies, politics and sociology.

The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Press Reviews

`Through an impressive array of thought-provoking essays, the reader is presented with contemporary, and historical, understandings of veils and veiling in various parts of the world. We hear the stories of women-contextualized by scholars from a variety of disciplines-and in listening to their voices we begin to understand the complexity of meaning hidden behind the veil.' - Nancy Nason-Clark, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472455369
Publication date: 29th June 2017
Author: Anna-Mari Almila
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 316 pages
Categories: Religious groups: social & cultural aspects, Islam,

About Anna-Mari Almila

Anna-Mari Almila is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. David Inglis David Inglis is Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK.

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