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Can I see your hair: choice, agency and attitudes : the dilemma of faith and feminism for Muslim women who cover

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Afshar, Haleh

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Abstract This paper argues that the current climate of Islamaphobia has burdened Muslim women who cover with additional problems in terms of their politics, their lived experiences and their life chances. It is the contention of this paper that the myths about the hijab have created a modern day form of Orientalism that objectifies the women who cover and otherises them as oppressed, perhaps exotic, and possibly dangerous. Such stereotypical views, at time articulated by Western feminists, create stumbling blocks that bar the way to the feminist ideal of respect unity and community of goals.
Keywords Islam
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Women; Islamophobia; Hijab; Orientalism; Identities
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 411-427
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31 (2008) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)