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Why the veiling of women's bodies is at the heart of the Islamists'project

03.03.2022 / Created by (EMWF)

According to the professor and researcher Leila Tauil, the veiling of the body of women is part of the project of an Islamist society - having as its model of society the mythified Medinan period of the seventh century - based on a patriarchal sexual morality, an assignment of women to the private space - as wives and mothers - with access to the public space conditioned by the wearing of the veil and the claim of the primacy of "Islamic law" (the Shari’a) which legalizes and sanctifies the inferiority of the fairer sex

Beyond the respect for the individual freedom of veiled women, often driven by sincere religious convictions, in her article Madame Tauil highlights the sacralized patriarchy of all contemporary managers of orthodox and ideological Islam.

Finally, in societies with a Muslim majority, crossed by Islamism and re-Islamization, there are feminists who position themselves explicitly and publicly on this constraint of dress affecting exclusively the female sex, like the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women who declares: "to oppose the veil is not to reject the women who wear it, but to refuse the veil as a political horizon for women".


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : Leila Tauil
  • Co-editor : The Conversation
  • Publishing house : The Conversation
  • Publication date : 2022
  • Number of pages : 3
  • Language : French


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