“From Behind the Veil”. By Dhu’l Nun Ayyoub. Dhu’l Nun Ayyoub. Born 1908 in Iraq One of Iraq’s most prominent fiction writers Stories often portray bitter personal, political, or religious conflict Also explores the clash of traditional and modern forces in the Arab world. Questions.
“From Behind the Veil”
By Dhu’l Nun Ayyoub
Ihsan is a good-looking 18 year old who loves to flirt. He prefers veiled women.
2. In the beginning of the story, why does Siham like her veil? She is protected by the anonymity of her veil. She can look at Ihsan as much as she likes without him knowing.
She demands that he must never try to follow her or ask who she is.
This is important in her country because their society is strict, sees this break of tradition as an unpardonable crime, and that as she says, “If my my people know anything of this they’d kill me” (280).
5. What is significant about Siham agreeing with her father’s view of veils?
When Siham agrees with her father on the conventional, traditional view of society of wearing a veil, she is hypocritical and only says that she believes in the tradition to please her father.
Siham loves the veil because it “hide(s) faults and scandals and yet she hates it because it denies her freedom.
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“She remembers her anger. The man was a stranger. She had never been photographed before. Until they met 17 years later, she had not be photographed since.”
Walking through the busy city Ishan and Siham meet.
They go to a secluded park and Siham goes against her religion and the laws of her country and removes her veil from her face.
Siham and Ishan continue to see each other in secret and their relationship deepens. However, Siham does not allow Ishan to know her name or where she lives.
Siham’s father reads an article about women who have forsaken the traditions and removed their veil. He asks his daughter for her opinion. To please her father, Siham acts indignant; she renounces the girl who breaks with traditions and the conventions of society.
Siham goes to her room and bursts into laughter.
She has learned to use the veil to “hide faults and scandals.”
It has provided her with a means to an adventure and a way to experience life that only veiled women can appreciate.
For her, the veil is a means to freedom.
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