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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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Veiling in the United States of America Today

Veiling in the United States of America Today

(p.112) Chapter Six Veiling in the United States of America Today
What Is Veiling?

Sahar Amer

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on veiling in contemporary United States, with particular reference to how Americans view veiling since 9/11. More specifically, it examines veiling in relation to Islam, terrorism, and democracy. It also considers disputes over headscarves in the country and mounting discrimination against women who wear them, citing four main areas where veiled Muslim women encounter discrimination: schools, the workplace, government agencies, and sports. Finally, it discusses some of the reasons why American Muslims are increasingly adopting veiling and insisting on the public display of their Islamic identity amid growing Islamophobia, discrimination, and familial objections.

Keywords:   veiling, United States, 9/11, Islam, terrorism, democracy, discrimination, Muslim women, American Muslims, Islamophobia

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