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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2003

ANT 324L • Veiling in the Muslim World-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
26970 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 203
SHIRAZI

Course Description

This course will deal with the cultural significance and historical practices of veiling, "Hijab", in the Muslim world. The issue of veiling as it relates to women has been subject to different interpretations and viewed from various perspectives, and with recent political developments and the resurgence of Islam, the debate over it and over women's roles in Mulsim countries has taken various shapes. A number of Muslim countries are going back to their Islamic traditions and implementing a code of behavior that involves some form of veiling in public and/or segrgation to various degrees for women. In some Muslim nations women are re-veiling by their own will. In others, women resist the enforcement of such practices. We will examine the various perspectives, interpretations and practices relating to Hijab in the Muslim world with respect to politics, religion, cultural practices, and women's issues.

Texts

**Faegheh Shirazi, THE VEIL UNVEILED: HIJAB IN MODERN CULTURES. University of Florida Press, 2001. **F. Mernissi, THE VEIL AND THE MALE ELITE, A FEMINIST INTERPRETATION FO WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN ISLAM, New York: Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1991. A reader's packet

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