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Representations of Muslim women and the veil: questions of image and voice

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This work-in-progress paper explores the visual construction in Western media representations of the veiled Muslim woman. It especially investigates these images’ denial of voice, and their universalizing abnegation of the ambivalent, borderland position of many Muslim women both in the diaspora and in countries such as Iran caught between Western and Islamic values. Arguing that the image of the silent and silenced veiled woman has been used to derogate Islam as a pre-modern and barbaric religion, it also acknowledges the possibility of desire and fantasy evoked by this figure in Western eyes. Through an examination of instances when veiled Muslim women have, exceptionally, been granted speaking rights in media representations, the paper examines the complexity and ambivalence of the border territory that is denied expression in the dominant visual trope.

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Macdonald, Myra. "Representations of Muslim women and the veil: questions of image and voice" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111431_index.html>

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Macdonald, M. , 2003-05-27 "Representations of Muslim women and the veil: questions of image and voice" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111431_index.html

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Abstract: This work-in-progress paper explores the visual construction in Western media representations of the veiled Muslim woman. It especially investigates these images’ denial of voice, and their universalizing abnegation of the ambivalent, borderland position of many Muslim women both in the diaspora and in countries such as Iran caught between Western and Islamic values. Arguing that the image of the silent and silenced veiled woman has been used to derogate Islam as a pre-modern and barbaric religion, it also acknowledges the possibility of desire and fantasy evoked by this figure in Western eyes. Through an examination of instances when veiled Muslim women have, exceptionally, been granted speaking rights in media representations, the paper examines the complexity and ambivalence of the border territory that is denied expression in the dominant visual trope.

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Representations of Muslim women and the veil: questions of image and voice. This work-in-progress paper explores the visual construction in Western media representations of the veiled Muslim woman. It especially investigates these images’ denial of voice and their universalizing abnegation of the ambivalent borderland position of many Muslim women both in the diaspora and in countries such as Iran caught between Western and Islamist values. It considers how this visual trope challenges the Western assumption that a regimen of
religion in the Middle East. In M. Yamani (ed.) Feminism and Islam: legal and literary perspectives. Reading: Ithaca Press pp. 217-230. de Beauvoir S. 1972: The Second Sex. London: Penguin Books (1st published in French in 1949). Mernissi F. 1985: Beyond the Veil: male-female dynamics in Muslim Society. London: Al Saqi Books. Probyn E. 1993: Sexing the Self: gendered positions in cultural studies. London: Routledge. Said E. 1991: Orientalism: Western conceptions of the Orient. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books (1st published


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