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Veil and Headscarf: Five Aspects of a Cultural Phenomenon

Hannes D. Galter    Universität Graz, Österreich    

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The discussions about the use of headscarves and veils shape the living conditions of Muslim women in the Middle East and in Europe to this day. To overcome this situation, a thorough and dispassionate documentation of the cultural history of veiling is necessary. This paper will give a short overview of the long history of veiling and it will deal in detail with five different aspects of this phenomenon and with the various connections between Europe and the Middle East: the relationship between death and the veil in the Ancient Near East; the veil in early Christianity; the hair as an erotic symbol in the Ancient Near East; the traditional costume of the Transylvanian Saxons as a European example of the use of veils and the veil of mystery.

keywords: Veil. Headscarf. Mesopotamia. Palmyra. Transsylvania. Maraş. Death. St. Paul. Tertullian.

Language: en

Submitted: July 1, 2021   Accepted: Aug. 3, 2021   Published: Aug. 30, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-521-6/004

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