The Functions of the Veil for Muslims

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The Functions of the Veil
The practice of veiling has been a topic of controversy amongst several Muslim and non-Muslim scholars (Ruby, 2006). The “new hijab phenomenon” originated in Cairo approximately two decades ago. Although not a common practice in Cairo, by the year 2000 over 80% of women adopted some form of veiling. The practice of veiling has also been embraced by several other Muslim societies around the world (Carvalho, 2013). The Western world has associated veiling as a form of oppression, gender inequality, and has been an object of pity and fear (Bullock, 2007 & Haleh, 2008). However, these stereotypes are not always reflective of the many who do wear it (Bullock, 2007).
Two articles will be critically reviewed. The first article, Islam and Body Politics: Inscribing (Im)morality, was presented by politics professor Asma Barlas at the Conference on Religion and Politics in the University of Iceland. This article confronts the beliefs that the world has about Islam, women and veiling, and criticizes the blasphemy of Islamic religious figure, Prophet Muhammad. The second article, Meanings of modesty and the hijab amongst Muslim women in Glasgow, Scotland, is written by sociologist Asifa Siraj. This paper investigates the significance of modesty and hijab by interviewing thirty Muslim women in Glasgow, Scotland. These articles reflect the autonomy and empowerment that Muslim women experience through the hijab by providing a sense of identity, as well as a way to
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