Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Watson Fellow to spend year studying in Islamic countries

Roxanne AzariWatson Fellow Roxanna Azari ’10, of Queens, N.Y., will spend a year studying the religious, political and personal meanings ascribed to the veils worn by women in many Islamic countries. She will explore practices in France , Morocco, Turkey, India and the United Arab Emirates .

“My aim is to show that the Western understanding of veiling only symbolizing ‘oppression’ is problematic because it overrides the women’s movements, opinions, activism and personal stories that lay behind the veils.”