….the sheer multitude of books with pictures of women in “niqab” on the cover? All have “something” to do with Islam and/or with Muslim women. I just realized this as I was scanning the on-line book catalog of my local public library and, frankly, I find it mildly amusing yet, decidedly obnoxious. To add to the hilarity of the situation, many have something about “veils” in the cover and of course there is some arabesque-ish-looking (to un-edu-mac-ated eyes) font used for the cover title.
Heres just a few examples…
Nauseated yet? And thats not even half of the covers I just glanced through…they go on and on and on (to infinity and beyond!)
Some thoughts…first off, why so many pictures of “exotic” looking women-usually with thickly kohl rimmed eyes holding up diaphanous veils…like as if they beckon…come, grab this book and I will “drop” my veil and give you a peek inside. Yah, I know…kind of creepy but, c’mon…doesnt that thought strike you as on target? OR you have the strict niqabi in the Saudi style headband niqab. Either/or…seductive niqabi or strict niqabi. Way to go publishers!!! Lets use ’em stereotypes.
Hmmm…I fathom a thought that most Niqabis would indeed find the assumptions that publishers hold about them and use against them to publish books as rather horrifying!
you have…Muslim women who look like the “squeaky” clean…WASP next door!…on the covers of books which hope to either A- de-mystify…that woman with the diaphanous veils and kohl rimmed eyes seen on other book covers OR B- pander to the fundamentalist Christian movement. Ameen! yeehaw…git along now cowpokes…my chittlins r almost dun! (ahem…no offense to the Southern/Texan Muslims reading this post!)
For example…I’m sure this sister is perfectly wonderful…I’m just using her cover to illustrate what I mean! LOL
Note..interestingly enough…she has veil on her cover! Obviously a way to pique the interest of those who think Muslim women are those mystical, mysteriously, kohl rimmed chicks who walk around with diaphanous veils…ready to drop at the moments notice.
Which leads me too…yes…I couldn’t resist!
…I seriously need to consider doing a paper about this and then publishing it! Its just too funny…
Has anyone else noticed this? Or am I the weird one?