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Being MuslimA Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam$
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Sylvia Chan-Malik

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479850600

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479850600.001.0001

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Chadors, Feminists, Terror

Chadors, Feminists, Terror

Constructing a U.S. American Discourse of the Veil

(p.151) 4 Chadors, Feminists, Terror
Being Muslim

Sylvia Chan-Malik

NYU Press

Chapter Four examines American media coverage of the Iranian women’s revolution in March 1979. The chapter looks at how the major American television networks and print news media described Iranian Muslim women, covered U.S. feminist Kate Millett’s trip to Iran, and depicted the treatment of Iranian women in the feminist press. Crucial to its analysis is how post-civil rights era racial logics and the mainstreaming of second-wave feminist logics contributed to the construction of contemporary American discourse of the veil, the term used by Leila Ahmed and others to describe the Western fetishization of the Islamic headscarf as a symbol of women’s oppression.

Keywords:   Iran, Revolution Television News, Kate Millett, Second-wave, Feminism, veil

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