I am just doing my bit to promote modesty: Niqabis' self-portraits on photo-sharing websites

Anna Piela

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    Abstract

    In this article, I discuss the main arguments that deal with mainstream media representations of niqabis in the West. In distinguishing between such representations of niqabis and their self-representations distributed online on photo-sharing sites, it is my purpose to highlight the entirely different visual rhetoric that emerges from the latter by pointing to various aspects of the self-portraits. After giving an overview of the literature that discusses the niqab, and indicating that niqabis' voices have been entirely neglected, I analyze several self-portraits of two niqabis located online in reference to a theoretical framework offered by Kati Caetano who has traced established ways of representing Muslim women in journalistic photography. Finally, I argue that niqabis disrupt the normalized associations of the niqab with passivity, otherness, and violence by establishing intimacy with the audience.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)781-790
    Number of pages10
    JournalFeminist Media Studies
    Volume13
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

    Keywords

    • Islam
    • media
    • Muslim women
    • niqab
    • niqabi
    • representations
    • self-portrait

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