A Google Search For The Term ' Muslim Women '

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A Google search for the term ‘Muslim women’ greatly illustrates the impression and image of Islam in western society; the page fills with pictures of women in coverings, most prevalently head-to-toe black with just their eyes visible, with several women depicted in fetters. This shows the way the western eye interprets Muslim women – constantly oppressed by the patriarchal, Islamic religion; however, it is also a representation of the perceived strangeness of a society not entrenched in our beliefs. The controversy of Muslim veiling is highly affected by western ideals, and discourse is often based in Islamophobia; also, veiling’s stance in feminism is often misconstrued as either a guise for racism, or ignorance of non-western interpretations of liberation. The controversy of Muslim veiling, even in Middle Eastern countries, is often interpreted through a western lens, with a focus on the concept of ‘modernity.’ Besides from citing issues of patriarchal discrimination with the veil, Islamic feminists argue for their unveiling as an acceptance of modern times and more progressive society, claiming that the veil is tied to politics rather than religion; women who see it as a political symbol say that, unveiled, they can avoid the “religious extremism and racial separatism” associated with it (Read and Bartkowski 93). However, this claim of modernism is a way of attacking the non-western tradition of veiling; many of the same beliefs for the usage of the veil are commonly
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