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Title:Veiling in Africa
Editor:Renne, Elisha P.ISNI
Series:African expressive cultures
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:9780253008145; 9780253008206
Geographic terms:Africa
female dress
Abstract:The contributors to this volume consider aspects of veiling in Africa from social, cultural, political, and/or historical perspectives, focussing on three interrelated themes, which frame the book's three parts. In part 1, Veiling histories and modernities, veiling is considered in the context of cultural ideologies associated with historical, social, and political events - including reformist religious movements and specific political circumstances of colonial and post-colonial States - and in the ways that these events have contributed to changing styles of veiling (chapters: Veiling, fashion and social mobility: a century of change in Zanzibar, by Laura Fair; Veiling without veils: modesty and reserve in Tuareg cultural encounters, by Susan J. Rasmussen; Intertwined veiling histories in Nigeria, by Elisha P. Renne). In part 2, Veiling and fashion, contributors consider topics ranging from changes in gender relations and the practice of piety to the multiple meanings associated with veiling (chapters: Religious modesty, fashionable glamour, and cultural text: veiling in Senegal, by Leslie W. Rabine; Modest bodies, stylish selves: fashioning virtue in Niger, by Adeline Masquelier; 'Should a good Muslim cover her face?': pilgrimage, veiling and fundamentalisms in Cameroon, by Josť M. van Santen). The implications of veiling in expressing particular Islamic identities within larger Muslim society and, at times, in relation to the nation-State and a global Islam are examined in part 3, Veiling/counter-veiling. Veiling and counter-veiling practices, which include to refuse the refusal to veil or to wear particular forms of veils as well as resentment to feeling forced to veil, may reflect occupational positions, ethnic differences, and religious experiences associated with pilgrimage (chapters: Invoking 'hijab': the power politics of spaces and employment in Nigeria, by Hauwa Mahdi; 'We grew up free but here we have to cover our faces': veiling among Oromo refugees in Eastleigh, Kenya, by Peri M. Klemm; Vulnerability unveiled: Lubna's pants and humanitarian visibility on the verge of Sudan's secession, by Amal Hassan Fadlala). [ASC Leiden abstract]