This unit examines the history of Muslim veiling, the religious discourses which are regularly cited as dictating a dress code for Muslim women, and the historical, political, regional, and cultural variations in veiling practices. We also consider the multiple meanings that the veil has had for Muslim women, and pay attention to Muslim women's voices of resistance toward stereotypical images of the veil as they are disseminated by the media and by fundamentalist Islamist regimes.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x tutorial presentation (equiv to 500wd) (10%),4x250wd short reflection essays (20%), 1x2250wd research project (40%), 1x750wd experimental veiling project (20%)
12 Junior credit points from Arab Language and Cultures, French Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, History, Studies in Religion.