Akbar zab fahsan tabon
These and other options seem contrived and unbalanced here, where as mixing it up, without boxing it too tightly, helps provide freshness, rhythm, and harmony, and, I hope, will bring to bear the rhizomic and multiple truths inherent in the veil.The essays within each grouping have commonalities meant to be seen very broadly.Al-Akhbar Management The following is the full text of the introductory chapter to The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics.The book, edited by Jennifer Heath and published by University of California Press, as its title suggests looks at the controversial piece of garment throughout history. —Ibn al-Arabi Veiling—of women, men, and sacred places and objects—has existed among people of countless cultures and religions from time immemorial. Once upon a time, the veil in all its multiplicity was more or less taken for granted everywhere as, at the very least, an essential expression of the divine mysteries.My hope is that this unique group ethnography will be transformative and eye-opening and help to alter superficial, exploitative, or hidebound points of view.Some of the chapters in this book—including the visual essays by graphic novelists Marjane Satrapi and Sarah C.Bell—reflect personal experience with the veil; others take an overarching, investigative approach.The historically and politically based essays are intended to “converse” with the memoir-based chapters—as are the many images ranging from photojournalism to cartoons—so that the mix can enlarge our fields of vision and imagination (the veil has been nothing if not stimulus for the imagination).
The nature of these essays and the collection’s objective make it nearly impossible to organize by, for example, region, chronology, or studies versus personal accounts.
Thoughts and events echo and intersect, and often the recurrence of an idea serves to underscore how flawed—and ethnocentric—received wisdom can be, how it can slide into wearisome clichés.
Many scholars have considered the veil and veiling in society—past and present—in gender relations, religion, and more.
When veiling is forced—then enforced—it is repression.
Yet, as we see increasingly today, the veil is also a symbol of resistance—against ethnic and religious discrimination.1 When the veil is forcibly stripped from its wearer, that too, is subjugation, not emancipation.
As much as the veil is fabric or an article of clothing, it is also a concept.