The codes of modesty: reconfiguring the Muslim female subject
Al-Qasimi, Noor (2007) The codes of modesty: reconfiguring the Muslim female subject. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This study addresses the relationship between the veil and the constitution of what I have tenned the Muslim female subject in the field of visual and popular culture, with a special emphasis on film. My case-studies range from European historical texts to contemporary visual culture and social practices with reference to the Middle East. The study draws on postcolonial and feminist literature to explore the productions of the Muslim female subject within the discourses of (post)colonialism, nationalism and Islamic patriarchy. It examines the Muslim female subject in relation to the paradigms of veiling and unveiling in a cross-cultural yet context-specific differentiated analysis. The aim is to interrogate the mobility of the veil and the manner in which it can be evaded, substituted or transferred without transgressing the codes of Islamic female modesty. It identifies different manifestations of the veil's mobility, which I contend challenge Islamic hegemonic discourses whilst simultaneously transcending the colonialist paradigm of unveiling. The material I discuss ranges from (de-)colonial cinematic texts, Iranian cinema and advertising for Saudi Arabian Television. I look at canonical texts such as Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers (1966) and Abbas Kiarostami's 10 (2002) in view of their significance in scholarship relating to the Muslim female subject within film studies. I also examine manifestations of the veil in the field of fashion and make extensive reference to paradigmatic representations of the Muslim female subject in contemporary art and curatorial projects.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Battaglia di Algeri (Motion picture), Kiarostami, Abbas. Dah, Pontecorvo, Gillo, 1919-2006, Muslim women -- Clothing, Postcolonialism in motion pictures, Motion pictures -- Cross-cultural studies, Clothing and dress -- Symbolic aspects|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Film and Television Studies|
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|Extent:||426 leaves : ill.|
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