Behind Closed Doors: Gendered Home Spaces in an Arab Gulf State (22:00)

Belk Russell, York University, Canada
Sobh Rana, University of Qatar, Qatar
A Qatari architect in our study observed that a woman’s abaya (the black over-garment that is the national dress), shayla (an accompanying black head covering), and niqab (a black face veil covering all but her eyes) are the embodied extension of gendered spaces in Qatari homes. That is, it provides a sense of privacy and modesty as well as a screen safeguarding the woman from the gaze of the outside (predominantly male) world. This video provides an introduction to the changing role of home des

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