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Title: BURNING THE VEIL
THE ALGERIAN WAR AND THE 'EMANCIPATION' OF MUSLIM WOMEN, 1954-62
By: Neil MacMaster
Format: Hardback

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ISBN 10: 0719074738
ISBN 13: 9780719074738
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Publisher: MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pub. date: 10 November, 2009
Pages: 432
Description: During the Algerian War the French army engaged in the 'emancipation' of Muslim women as part of a strategy of subverting the nationalist movement whilst also inflicting widespread violence. First comprehensive study in English of the role of Muslim women during the Algerian war, bringing a unique interdisciplinary approach to the subject. -- .
Synopsis: Burning the veil draws upon sources from newly-opened archives, exploring the 'emancipation' of Muslim women from the veil, seclusion and perceived male oppression during the Algerian War of decolonisation. The claimed French liberation was contradicted by the violence inflicted on women through rape, torture and destruction of villages. This book examines the roots of this contradiction in the theory of 'revolutionary warfare', and the attempt to defeat the National Liberation Front by penetrating the Muslim family, seen as a bastion of resistance. Striking parallels with contemporary Afghanistan and Iraq, French 'emancipation' produced a backlash that led to deterioration in the social and political position of Muslim women. This analysis of how and why attempts to Westernise Muslim women ended in catastrophe has contemporary relevance and will be important to students and academics engaged in the study of French and colonial history, feminism and contemporary Islam. -- .
Illustrations: Illustrations, black & white
Publication: UK
Imprint: Manchester University Press
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