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2. Visibly Invisible: Muslim Women in 21st Century Political Cartoons

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1. Title Title of document 2. Visibly Invisible: Muslim Women in 21st Century Political Cartoons - Religion and Sight
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Tahnia Ahmed; King’s College London;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Muslim women; burqa; niqab; Muslim women in visual culture; perception of Muslim women; 21st century British cartoons; depiction of Muslim women in cartoons
5. Subject Subject classification religion and the body
6. Description Abstract This chapter focuses on the depiction of Muslim women wearing the burqa (one-piece veil covering the entire face and body) and the niqab (veil covering the face, leaving the eyes clear) in Britain and abroad. Starting from the fall of the Taliban in 2001, I argue that this event has contributed to the idea of the burqa as a garment that is imposed on all Muslim women, making them “visibly invisible”. Examining the function of the burqa/niqab, I argue that such tropes convey messages of political and cultural deception, suspicion and oppression against women. The burqa/niqab is perceived as a self-conscious marker of subversion against Western ideals such as democracy, free speech and the freedom of movement for women. I look at how this is translated in visual culture and the implications of these tropes in the wider context relating to perceptions of gender, national identity and violence.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jul-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35745
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religion and Sight
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd