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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Meaning of a Veil

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Our clothes reflect a deeper meaning than just our appearance, they represent out social norms and values. In Muslim societies, veiling has been practiced for various reasons. It contains a broad spectrum of interpretations for Muslim women living in both Muslim societies and abroad. However, the symbolic significance of veiling is often misunderstood in Western culture. Established norms within society have identified, for the most part, veiling as oppressive. But this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. Veiling has been a custom prominent throughout much of history, used as a form of self-expression to symbolize ones core values and beliefs. As Leila Ahmed (1996) explains, veiling was a practice adopted from the Persian and Byzantine societies to distinguish between the upper and lower class women. Many religions including Christianity and Judaism have adopted some form of veiling throughout history, but not as frequently as Islam. The purpose of this research is to investigate the meanings that are attached to veiling for Muslim women. The research method used here is based on conducting an extensive literature review. Its findings will be analyzed by using content analysis to measure the vitality of the meanings that are attached to veiling for Muslim women living in both Muslim and Western societies at present time.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Student Center, Oyate Hall 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267

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