The Veil and Violence against Women in Islamist Societies

Namazie, Maryam
Date Written:  2007-08-02
Publisher:  International Humanist and Ethical Union
Year Published:  2007
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12264

The ongoing battle between the Islamic authorities and women over the veil clearly reveals why it has become a symbol like no other of the violence women face under Islam and why 'improper' or 'bad' veiling and unveiling have become a symbol of resistance to Islam in power and its violence against women. It is for this very reason that the slogan 'neither veil nor submission' has become a rallying cry ever since the regime imposed compulsory veiling on women after expropriating and crushing the revolution to consolidate its rule.

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