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Modesty Discourses: Middle East and North Africa
(6,358 words)


The hijab, the veil or the headscarf covering women’s hair, continues to figure squarely in political discussions and cultural debates. It often serves as an instrumental symbol within modesty discourses and functions as a tool for cultur…

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Nermin Allam, “Modesty Discourses: Middle East and North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002192>
First published online: 2019

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