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Modesty Discourses: Overview
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Within the Islamic tradition, a Qurʾānic verse that can be, and frequently has been, drawn upon to authorize discourses of modesty for women is Verse 31 of Sura 24 (Light): “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal th…

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Abu-Lughod, Lila, “Modesty Discourses: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0118a>
First published online: 2009

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