The issue of veiling has been remarkably under-researched and over-ideologized. In recent years, the adoption of the veil has come to symbolize a brave expression of choice: women reaching out to tradition, but hoping it will t jeopardize their place in the larger North American society. It is with this in mind that the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) invited scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, and Islamic studies to carry out a systematic study of issues surrounding different practices of the hijab among Muslim communities. This book is the result of that study.
Sajida Sultana Alvi is Professor of Indo-Islamic History and holder of the Chair in Urdu Language and Culture at McGill University. Homa Hoodfar is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University. Sheila McDonough is Adjunct Professor of Religion at Concordia University.