ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses the term covering as well as headscarf, bodily performances of Muslim women, and particularly face and body covering. It deals with the mobilization of women around issues of Muslim head and body covering, and the possibilities generated by this mobilization for the well-being of women. The chapter focuses on the mobilization of women around this issue. It explores how far women have participated in debates on female Muslim covering, and also the ways that women of different backgrounds frame the issue. The chapter describes the debate from the perspective of women's involvement. It analyzes the discursive patterns of women's engagement, as well as the frames used by women, and evaluates their contribution to the well-being of women. In Austria, feminists opposing prohibition of covering mainly employed a framing strategy of participation, while those who were arguing in favour of banning it framed the issue mainly in terms of women's rights and gender inequality.