Until now the bulk of the literature about the veil has been written by outsiders who do not wear the veil. This literature often assumes a condescending tone about veiled women, assuming that they are making uniformed choices about veiling that makes them subservient to a patriarchal culture and religion. ‘Rethinking Muslim Women and the Vei’l offers an alternative viewpoint, based on the thoughts and experiences of Muslim women themselves. This is the first time a clear and concise book-length argument has been made for the compatibility between veiling and modernity. Bullock uncovers positive aspects of the veil that are frequently not perceived by outsiders. This book offers a powerful critique of the Western notion that the hijab, the veil, is a symbol of Muslim women’s oppression. The author examines the views of feminist scholars who offer a variety of interpretations of the Islamic guidelines regarding hijab and discusses the view that women only wear hijab because they are being subjugated by men.
The Islamic Foundation