Gender Studies

The Veil Unveiled: The Hijab in Modern Cultur

Faegheh Shirazi, University Press of Florida: Gainsville, 2001. 222 pages.

Finally, the study of hijab has come of age. After Shirazi’s book, no one will be able to argue that “the” hijab means any one thing divorced from its context. In six chapters, Shirazi investigates the “semantic versatility of the veil” in western popular culture, Saudi advertising, Iranian and Indian poetry and films, and for Iranian, Iraqi, and UAE women soldiers. Not surprisingly, the veil means different things in different contexts, and Shirazi’s book is a rich study of this diversity. She reinforces her arguments by the wealth of photographs that depict veiled women in multiple contexts.

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