A third printing of the book was published in 2003. Reviews of the book appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Times Literary Supplement, The Progressive, USC Chronicle, Man (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute), Middle East Review, Visual Anthropology Review, Yemen Update, American Anthropologist , Anthropological Quarterly and International Journal for Middle East Studies (IJMES)
work considerably expands understanding of the
complexities of veiling traditions over time and space.'
'Much textual and field research has gone into El Guindi's
exploration, and many will find her conclusions persuasive,
disputed though they are.'
Saudi Aramco World
'This is clearly a book that will be of value for years.'
'El-Guindi's book presents the first systematic and in-depth
gendered analysis of the veil.'
MAN, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
'Absorbing. El Guindi raises important issues and discusses them with authority. Her book certainly belongs in the library of any university department concerned with anthropological and social studies"
International Journal of Middle East Studies
"This study is an engrossing, scholarly, and comprehensive analysis of the veil in its historical, social, and contemporary political context. [It] is the most comprehensive and interesting study to date "
REVIEW OF BOOK
Sailing Through History To Present Veil With Vision.
Reviewer: Aliaa R. Rafea (Ph.D) (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Cairo, Egypt November 10, 1999
The author has done such a great job, challenging the stereotypical western view to the meaning of veiling in a thorough scientific research, using an anthropological analysis and sailing through the history; east and west. She succeeded in disentangling the confusions that exist between cultural language as far as veil is concerned. In a serious and great effort, her analysis illustrates the layers and layers of meanings that are mixed with veiling in the past and present, in Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
I am glad that there an anthropologist in the international community who can introduce a picture of the Islamic culture that is different from what has become known through MernIssi and Sa'adawi.
We still need to do more in two directions, clarifying the misunderstanding to the western mind through more
research in the direction that she has taken, and self criticizing the limitations of the current mind structure of the so called Muslims.
As far as I can see as an anthropologist who lives in Egypt, the Egyptian Islam is endangered by the petrodollars Islam. Preserving the Egyptian identity is a great target to which social sciences in general and anthropology in particular should direct their efforts. Islam as digested and introduced by the Egyptians is the international Islam -- one that is tolerant, unbiased, humane and open. That is the Islam we need in order to establish a real cultural debate in the next millennium and not to go into cultural conflicts as Huntington has expected.
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