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Sahar Amer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617756

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617756.001.0001

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Politics and Sociocultural Practices of Veiling

Politics and Sociocultural Practices of Veiling

(p.56) Chapter Three Politics and Sociocultural Practices of Veiling
What Is Veiling?

Sahar Amer

University of North Carolina Press

Aside from religion and piety, government regulations also determine whether a Muslim woman will wear a veil, or influence her way of veiling. In some Muslim-majority societies, for example, the government mandates hijab and legislates the particular form of veiling for Muslim women. This chapter explores the politics and sociocultural aspects of veiling, with particular emphasis on why the governments in some Muslim-majority societies have followed particular interpretations of Islamic texts and the laws they have enacted to enforce veiling practices. It first discusses the historical context of veiling legislation and Muslim resistance to such laws. It then considers local and sociocultural meanings of veiling, as well as the social and cultural pressures faced by some Muslim women to adopt hijab. Finally, the chapter examines how Muslim women feel about the face veil, whether it is a niqab or burqa.

Keywords:   government regulations, veiling, hijab, Muslim women, politics, legislation, niqab, burqa

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