RSTUD2TA3Lec10 - The issue of the veil as the symbol of...

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The “issue” of the veil as the symbol of women's pla ce in Islam. Veiling is not specifically an Islamic custom. Veiling was common in the Middle East before the spread of Islam. The interaction of custom and scripture is evident in notions of veiling and seclusion for women. The Quran indicates that women should dress and behave modestly (Q. 24:30-31), but this admonition applies to men, as well. Veils are charged with various meanings depending on who you ask and they are also highly variable in appearance. Veiling can functions to define and delineate appropriate relations of familiarity and distance. It is a public indicator of kinship. Veiling may be linked to the concept of honour which is central to notions of appropriate behaviour in the Middle East. Women's bodies are often understood as the central symbol of the family's honour. Veiling is often linked to connotations of social status. It is most common for veiling and seclusion to be carefully observed when it is economically feasible.
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  • Fall '12
  • EmilieRoye
  • Islam, veiling

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