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709. Representations of the Veil: Between Vulnerability and Resilience

Tuesday, 12 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Colorado, Sheraton Chicago

A special session

Presiding: Afrin Zeenat, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Speakers: Martine Antle, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Nancy El Gendy, Univ. of Oklahoma; Md. Mahmudul Hasan, International Islamic Univ., Malaysia; Maya Kesrouany, American Univ. of Sharjah; Afrin Zeenat

Responding: Farzana Akhter, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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Session Description:

This panel will examine the deployment of the veil in literature and culture from across the world. Identifying the veil in Western perception as an object of female subjugation and control within Islam, speakers will focus on the multifaceted nature of the practice of veiling around the world.


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