- Katherine Bullock
- The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil Challenging Historical & Modern Stereotypes
A powerful critique of the popular western notion that the veil is a symbol of Muslim women’s oppression.
In postulating a positive theory of the hijâb, the author challenges with great sophistication both the commonly held view of Muslim women being subjugated by men, as well as the liberal feminists who criticize the choice of women to cover themselves as ultimately unliberating.
The author argues that in a culture of consumerism, the hijâb can be experienced as a liberation from the tyranny of the beauty myth and the thin “ideal” woman.
In dispelling some widely held myths about Muslim women and the hijâb, the author introduces respectability to the voice of believing Muslim women, claiming that liberation and the equality of women are fundamental to Islam itself.