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Fanon, Western Liberation and the Muslims Veil

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As a young woman in America almost constantly harassed by unwanted male attention-despite dressing very modestly-I at one time considered scarification of the face as a deterrent. True liberation of women would allow us the freedom to live in peace and safety, to wear a veil-or not as our own choice not prescribed or controlled by any man whether thru civil or religious pressure. Imho the choice to wear a veil out of personal devotion to ones own religious understanding is a freedom where being forced to wear or not to wear something by someone else are both forms of oppression.



Posted in The Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project

From Yasir Qadhi

Frantz Fanon, one of the founders of post colonialism theory (along with Edward Said), wrote of the frustration that the French colonizers in Algeria had regarding Muslim women who wore the face veil. His words, penned over fifty years ago, still carry much weight as we attempt to decipher why the West is so concerned about a small piece of cloth.

He said that ‘this woman, who sees without being seen, frustrates the colonizer.’ By abjuring Western standards of liberation, she asserts an identity, and even power, of her own, thus refusing to acknowledge the validity of, and inherent power in, her colonizer’s unveiling, subjugation and rape of her own culture.

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