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Veiling in Africa

 Author: Elisha Renne  Category: Book  Publisher: Bloomington: Indiana University Press  Published: 2013

The tradition of the veil, which refers to various cloth coverings of the head, face, and body, has been little studied in Africa, where Islam has been present for more than a thousand years. These essays raise questions about what is distinctive about veiling in Africa, what religious histories or practices are reflected in particular uses of the veil, and how styles of veils have changed in response to contemporary events. Together, they explore the diversity of meanings and experiences with the veil, revealing it as both an object of Muslim piety and an expression of glamorous fashion. Available from Indiana University Press website – $28.00 pbk.

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