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Shabina Begum and the headscarf girls

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian Ward


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The issue of headscarves has generated much cultural and political commentary in recent years. It has also been the subject of recent legal proceedings in the UK in the case of SB. The purpose of this article is to examine this case within its broader cultural, textual and interdisciplinary context. The article opens with a discussion of SB. The second part then introduces some of the broader debates which oscillate around the issues of headscarves and their cultural implications. Subsequently, the third and fourth parts argue the case for a specifically narrative intervention in these debates, one that resonates with the poetical aspirations of 'law and literature scholarship. The final part includes a focused discussion of headscarves as a central theme in Orhan Pamuk's recent and much admired novel, Snow. © 2006 Taylor & Francis.

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Author(s): Ward I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Gender Studies

Year: 2006

Volume: 15

Issue: 2

Pages: 119-131

ISSN (print): 0958-9236

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3869

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09589230600720026


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