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Faculty of Arts and SciencesWomen, Gender, and Sexuality, Studies ofAfsaneh Najmabadi
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Fall 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)Tu   12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Boylston G07 (FAS)
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Muslim women's public veiling has become a volatile symbol: a sign of solidarity, an embodiment of Muslim women's oppression, a target of states' regulations, and of public harassment. This course will begin with some contemporary manifestations of these issues, here in the US, in Europe, and in the Middle East and North Africa. It will then move back into history of the present, in order to trace some of these meanings, in their emergence at different moments, and consider their distinct political work in various historical contexts. These journeys will include women's voices ? from those who practice veiling, and those who do not.

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