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A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, From the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed

"Prominent feminist scholar Ahmed (Harvard) explores a subject that has reportedly puzzled her for many decades: the resurgence of Muslim head coverings in both Muslim majority societies and minority contexts. The topic has generated much public debate and countless publications, to which Ahmed adds her thoughtful perspective. Her critical historiography of "the veil" spans the 20th century, taking readers from its virtual disappearance in the 1920s to the 1950s to its reemergence with, as she argues, new and diverse meanings from the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century.

Ahmed deftly combines historical documents and existing empirical studies of veiling practices, discourses, and attitudes with her own memories, reflections, and fieldwork in the American context. Shifting the geographical focus from Egypt to the US in the latter part of the book, she argues for a close connection between veiling and the global spread of Islamism as an ideology and form of Islam."

Hammer, J. "A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, From The Middle East To America." Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries 49.10 (2012): 1890. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.

This book will be shelved at at BP190.5 .H44 A46 2011 with other books on Islam , when it is no longer a new book.

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