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Interpreting the veil: Poems from both sides

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Interpreting the veil: Poems from both sides

The Islamic veil, or hijab is perhaps one of the more hotly contested subjects when it comes to women’s issues in the Arab and Muslim worlds. While in the West the hijab is popularly seen as a symbol of female oppression and subjugation, for those women who chose to wear it – both in the East and the West – it often symbolises female emancipation and the freedom to choose their own manner of religious expression. This is a debate that has polarised social and political opinion across the world, and is encapsulated in the eloquent words of these two poems. Coming from both sides of the East/West ‘divide’, these poems reflect the diverse and...

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