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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Summer 2003

R S f363 • Veiling in the Muslim World (Area II)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87690 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
PAR 301

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.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 Muslim 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 segregation 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.

Grading Policy



  • 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 of Women's rights in Islam", New York: Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1991.
  • A Reader's Packet.


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