Islamic Fashion and Anti-Fashion New Perspectives from Europe and North America By Emma Tarlo and Annelies Moors, eds. (London and New York: Harvard, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. 294 pages.)

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Sophia Rose Arjana



This volume of scholarship surrounding Islamic fashion presents a counternarrative
to a dominant story: that Muslim women in the West are subjugated
by the oppressive and patriarchal yoke of Islam. Islamic Fashion and Anti-
Fashion: New Perspectives from Europe and North America offers a fresh
new look at veiling, its intersection with religious piety, family, community,
religious authority, fashion, and commoditization through sixteen distinct stud-
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ies ranging from clothing items like the burqini and the pardosu to larger issues
surrounding identity and politics, such as North American Islamophobia and
its impact on Canadian Muslims. This book represents a large field of research
on Muslim women’s lived experiences, one that reveals the complexities inherent
in these religious actors whose choices of dress reveal a large set of
competing values, desires, and commitments.
The book is organized into five sections: location and encounter, history
and heritage, the marketplace, fashion and media, and fashion and anti-fashion.
Two of its attractive features are the numerous black and white images running
through many of the chapters, as well as the two groups of stunning, provocative
color photographs showing the richness of Islamic fashion, from “hijabi
street style” to London Muslim hipster style ...

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