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Sahar Amer is professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Sydney.


[Amer] offers perhaps the definitive glossary on veiling. . . . Amer's deliberate and caring scholarly treatment is pitch perfect. This book about 'hijabistas, ' 'muhajababes, ' and veiled Muslim hip-hop artists, among others, is not just about veiling; it is the story of Islam, especially modern Islam, told through the prism of the veil.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
A remarkable primer that guides newcomers and scholars alike through the range of issues, contexts, debates, and ethics of what is sure to be a continued controversy for some time to come.--SCTIW Review
A strong introduction to the multiplicity and polysemy of veiling practices.--Contemporary French Civilization
A sweeping historical and sociopolitical overview and perhaps the most comprehensive one on veiling.--Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
In Amer's able hands, the often feminist, anti-colonist nature of veiling is brought to light. . . . In prose that is approachable and sympathetic, and with research spanning nations and centuries, Amer's project manages to be both comprehensive and illuminative. . . . An important work that stands to advance multicultural conversations and is a must-read for all those who wish to intelligently approach the subject of Muslim women and autonomy.--Foreword
Nuanced, thoughtful . . . Amer weaves a complex picture of the historical, religious, political, and sociological dimensions of Muslim women's head coverings.--CHOICE
Remarkably nuanced and thoughtful, this timely book takes readers on a riveting intellectual journey that brings into focus the complexities of the veil as a discursive, political, and material object. . . . Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, this book is a must read for novices and experts alike.-- New Books Network

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