Conclusion: The Final Veil
This concluding chapter returns to the image of Aisha’s disfigured face, her missing flesh, as a piece of revealed truth: the Other’s question (who are you?) as permanently unanswered, a desire dissatisfied. Confronted by the Other’s question, the book reveals how the veiled woman serves as a discursive hidden space through which possible answers are projected and fantasised. What veiling reveals is that the fantasy of freedom which imagines the discovery of the universal body that can finally be known, is only secured, not by unveiling, but by clinging to the final veil, the one that allows the imagining and naming of the violence on Muslim women’s bodies.
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