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A Quiet Revolution The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America



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This probing study of the veil's recent return-from one of the world's foremost authorities on Muslim women-reaches surprising conclusions about contemporary Islam's place in the West today. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Leila Ahmed is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Women and Gender in Islam and A Border Passage: From Cairo to AmericaóA Woman's Journey. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Islamic Resurgence and the Veil: From Emergence to Migration
Unveilingp. 19
The Veil's Vanishing Pastp. 46
The 1970s: Seeds of the Resurgencep. 68
The New Veil: Converging Influencesp. 93
The 1980s: Exploring Women's Motivationsp. 117
Islamist Connectionsp. 131
Migrationsp. 157
The 1990s: A Changing Climate in Americap. 177
After 9/11: New Pathways in America Prologuep. 193
Backlash: The Veil, the Burka, and the Clamor of Warp. 199
ISNA and the Women of ISNAp. 233
American Muslim Women's Activism in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 265
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 339
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