Veiling in Africa (African Expressive Cultures) (Paperback)

By Elisha P. Renne (Editor), Laura Fair (Contribution by), Leslie Wahl Rabine (Contribution by)

Indiana University Press, 9780253008206, 238pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

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The tradition of the veil, which refers to various cloth coverings of the head, face, and body, has been little studied in Africa, where Islam has been present for more than a thousand years. These lively essays raise questions about what is distinctive about veiling in Africa, what religious histories or practices are reflected in particular uses of the veil, and how styles of veils have changed in response to contemporary events. Together, they explore the diversity of meanings and experiences with the veil, revealing it as both an object of Muslim piety and an expression of glamorous fashion.

About the Author

Elisha P. Renne is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She is author of The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria (IUP, 2010).