ISBN: 978 984 506 274 9

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Women, Veil and Politics: The South Asian Conundrum

By Imtiaz Ahmed (Editor)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2019 Weight (kg): 1

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Never in the history of human civilization has the veil, hijab or purdah become so much of a contentious issue. At the root of the contention, however, it has always been politics. This volume mainly focuses on South Asia, where the veiling of women has been a part of its age-old civilization, indeed, more as a marker of civility and not always from the standpoint of masculinity. But then in recent times, the territoriality of societies in the name of 'modern state' and the power of both patriarchy and masculinity reinforcing it made the veiling of women, in one form or another, an exercise in patriarchy, masculinity or gender politics, often crisscrossing national, ethnic, racial and religious boundaries, with women as its main victims. This volume attempts to overcome our 'ignorance' in so far as the veil is concerned. Demystifying the politics of veiling can certainly contribute to emancipatory politics in South Asia and beyond.
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Introduction by Imtiaz Ahmed
 
Section I Afghanistan
Chapter 1 Behind the Veil: How Taliban Rules of Law Still Shroud Contemporary Afghanistan by Anastasia Telesetsky
 
Section II Bangladesh 
Chapter 2 The Politics of Knowledge and the Veiling of the Veil by Amena Mohsin
Chapter 3 Muslim Bodies, Imperial Politics and Feminist Frames by Dina M Siddiqi 
 
Section III India
Chapter 4 The Politics of Covering and Uncovering in India by Ambar Ahmad
Chapter 5 The Painted Veil and its Contours by Dipannita Datta
Chapter 6 Food, Faith and Body: ‘Veiling’ and ‘Unveiling’ in the Borderland of West Bengal  by Sreeradha Datta and Nandini Bhattacharya Panda
 
Section IV Maldives
Chapter 7 Democracy, Veil and Security in the Maldives by Emma Fulu
 
Section V Nepal
Chapter 8 Women, Veil and Security in the Nepalese Perspective: The Mist of Stereotypes and Superstition by Shobhakar Budhathoki
 
Section VI Pakistan
Chapter 9 ‘Purday kay Peechay Kya Hai?’ The Shifting Contexts of the Politics of Veiling by Saba Gul Khattak
Chapter 10 Pukhtun Women, Veil and Security by Nasreen Ghufran
 
Section VI Sri Lanka
Chapter 11 Reforming Dress Practices Among the Sri Lankan Muslim Middle Class: A Ten-year Trajectory by Farzana Haniffa
 
 

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