Marnia Lazreg


On her book Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women

Cover Interview of October 04, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Reflection on the necessity to depoliticize the veil.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Donning the hijab in one country has effects on women in another country.  A woman who opts for the hijab in Algiers makes it more difficult for a woman in Saudi Arabia or Iran to question the veil that she is obligated to wear by law.”

On the second:

“Male advocates flaunt the veil as an alternative to the manner of dressing of some Western women.At the same time,they obviate a discussion of how the “west” has affected the manner of dressing of Muslim men.”