Unveiling and Veiling

Nazira Zein-ed-Din

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Unveiling and Veiling

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Nazira Zein-ed-Din (Ottoman Lebanon, born circa 1905), the daughter of a high-ranking Lebanese judge, was a theological prodigy. In the summer of 1927, as a young woman, she began to research Islamic teachings on the subject of hijab, the modest clothing required of Muslim women. She was motivated by the contrast between recent incidents in Syria, where women were prevented from leaving their homes without the veil, and Turkey, where secular reformers encouraged women to remove the veil. 1 Zein-ed-Din published her findingsexcerpted herein 1928, arguing that veiling was anachronistic and that Islam, properly understood, treats women as the equals of men, perhaps even their betters. The book was immediately controversial. Within a year, she had published a follow-up volume containing letters of support and vehement criticism, including the accusation that a young woman could not have written such a work. 2 Zein-ed-Din's subsequent career has been difficult to trace.

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