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Women in the Middle East
A Veiled Revolution
Directed by Marilyn Gaunt
Produced by Elizabeth Fernea
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Egyptian women were the first Arab women to march in political demonstrations (1919), the first to take off their veils publicly (1923), and the first to receive free secular education (1924).

But today the educated granddaughters of those early Arab feminists are returning to Islamic dress, complete with full face veil and gloves. A VEILED REVOLUTION considers possible reasons for this turn back to tradition - the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, the rejection of western values - as Egyptian women speak out.

Study Guide available.

"This excellent film deals with the phenomenon of young, educated women who are returning to variously restrictive forms of what they refer to as 'Islamic dress'."—Science Books & Films

"An excellent basis for discussion."—EFLA Evaluations

Finalist, 1983 American Film Festival

26 minutes / color
Copyright: 1982
Sale: $248

19-Page Study Guide Available
in Adobe PDF Format

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Subject areas:
Anthropology, Egypt, Islam, Middle East, Multi-Cultural Studies, Religion, Women's Studies

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The Films of Elizabeth Fernea

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