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Veil (Object Lessons)

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. The veil can be an instrument of feminist empowerment, and veiled anonymity can confer power to women. Starting from her own marriage ceremony at which she first wore a full veil, Rafia Zakaria examines how veils do more than they get credit for. Part memoir and part philosophical investigation, Veil questions that what is seen is always good and free, and that what is veiled can only signal servility and subterfuge. From personal encounters with the veil in France (where it is banned) to Iran (where it is compulsory), Zakaria shows how the garment's reputation as a pre-modern relic is fraught and up for grabs. The veil is an object in constant transformation, whose myriad meanings challenge the absolute truths of patriarchy. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781501322778
ISBN-10: 150132277X
Pagini: 136
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.13 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Object Lessons

Locul publicării: New York, United States

Caracteristici

At a time when professing identity in the public sphere is a near obsession, the veil and its attendant invisibility is an attempt at its physical annihilation--Veil considers the philosophical consequences (and opportunities) of anonymity that result from use of the veil

Notă biografică

Rafia Zakaria is an attorney, political philosopher, and a columnist for DAWN Pakistan. She is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Nation, Aeon, Guernica, the New York Times, among other publications. Her book The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (2015) received acclaim in the New York Times, NPR, Ms. Magazine. Christian Science Monitor,The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star, Bustle, Hindustan Times, DNA India, Indian Express, Calcutta Statesman, Dissent and The Nation.


Cuprins

Introduction1. Submission 2. Purity, Necessity Unity3. Rebellion4. Feminism5. Submissive or SubmersiveEpilogueIndex


Recenzii

Rafia Zakaria's Veil shifts the balance away from white secular Europe toward the experience of Muslim women, mapping the stereotypical representations of the veil in Western culture and then reflecting, in an intensely personal way, on the many meanings that the veil can have for the people who wear it . Zakaria's more personal, philosophical approach is intended to contest the singular meaning that the veil has acquired in much of the West. By exploring the subjective experiences of the veil, we begin to see how both wearing it and not wearing it have profound psychic resonances for those who make these choices, as well as for those who regard it with hostility or even just curiosity . [Veil is] useful and important, providing needed insight and detail to deepen our understanding of how we got here-a necessary step for thinking about whether and how we might be able to move to a better place.