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The Muslim Veil in North America
Issues and Debates
Edited by Sajida Sultana Alvi, Homa Hoodfar, Sheila McDonough
Print ISBN: 9780889614086
The issue of veiling has been remarkably under-researched and over-ideologized. In recent years, the adoption of the veil has come to symbolize a brave expression of choice: women reaching out to tradition, but hoping it will not jeopardize their place in the larger North American society. It is with this in mind that the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) invited scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, and Islamic studies to carry out a systematic study of issues surrounding different practices of the hijab among Muslim communities. This book is the result of that study.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Homa Hoodfar, Sajida S. Alvi and Sheila McDonough
PART I: Veiling Practices in Everyday Life in Canada
Chapter 1: More Than Clothing: Veiling as an Adaptive Strategy
Chapter 2: Coding Dress: Gender and the Articulation of Identity in a Canadian Muslim School
Patricia Kelly Spurles
Chapter 3: Banners of Faith and Identities in Construct: The Hijab in Canada
Reem A. Meshal
Chapter 4: Voices of Muslim Women
Chapter 5: Perceptions of the Hijab in Canada
PART II: Women Revisiting Texts and the Veiling Discourse
Chapter 6: Muslim Women and Islamic Religious Tradition: A Historical Overview and Contemporary Issues
Sajida S. Alvi
Chapter 7: Women's Modesty in Qur'anic Commentaries: The Founding Discourse
Chapter 8: Hijab According to the Hadith: Text and Interpretation