A quiet revolution : the veil's resurgence, from the Middle East to America / Leila Ahmed

Author(s): Ahmed, Leila
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Subjects: Hijab (Islamic clothing)--Middle East
Hijab (Islamic clothing)--United States
Veils--Middle East
Veils--United States
Muslim women--Clothing--Middle East
Muslim women--Clothing--United States
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c2011
LC Classification: B, BP
Physical Description: viii, 352 p. ; 25 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2010049535
ISBN: 9780300170955 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0300170955
ISBN: 9780300181432 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0300181434 (pbk.)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-338) and index
Contents: Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Islamic Resurgence And The Veil: From Emergence To Migration: -- Unveiling -- Veil's vanishing past -- 1970s: seeds of the resurgence -- New veil: converging influences -- 1980s: exploring women's motivations -- Islamist connections -- Migrations -- 1990s: a changing climate in America -- After 9/11: New Pathways In America: -- Prologue -- Backlash: the veil, the burka, and the clamor of war -- ISNA and the women of ISNA -- American Muslim women's activism in the twenty-first century -- Notes -- Index
Summary: Book Description: In Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift mean for women, Islam, and the West? When she began her study, Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indicated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide. What she discovered, however, in the stories of British colonial officials, young Muslim feminists, Arab nationalists, pious Islamic daughters, American Muslim immigrants, violent jihadists, and peaceful Islamic activists, confounded her expectations. Ahmed observed that Islamism, with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of social justice, is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradition of activism in the cause of justice and social change. It is often Islamists, even more than secular Muslims, who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights. Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topic. Richly insightful, intricately drawn, and passionately argued, this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence, from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West, suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Islam
King library copy: purchased with monies from Bridging Cultures : Muslim Journeys Grant
Donation Info: Donor : Bridging Cultures : Muslim Journeys Grant
OCLC Number: 670481392
ISBN/ISSN: 9780300170955