attribute of black skin. In his later essay ‘Algeria Unveiled’, Fanon examines the colonizer’s perception of the veil as a signi er of Algerian culture whose removal. Additionally, Frantz Fanon, in his book A Dying Colonialism, wrote a chapter on “Algeria Unveiled”—an analysis of the role that the veil. Fanon Algeria Unveiled PDF – Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. Fanon-algeria-unveiled-pdf.

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Thoughts on “Algeria Unveiled” – Digital Consciousness Raising

The veil essentially became a cloak of assumed purity. This is common today too, as efforts are made to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as to end the practice of female genital mutilation.

However as colonial forces became more violent and the threat of total war was imminent, Algerian men included women in the war. Notify me of new comments via email. It is this veil which we must continually pierce as we struggle to ensure that noble words are not used as a velvet glove for the iron fist of contemporary power politics.

When Algerian women did unveil, they did so on their own terms. This effort backfired, however, when Algerian women instead clung to their veils as a means of resisting colonial and unnveiled interference. While generals and presidents use the high-minded language of progress, the troops and functionaries on the ground are alberia to take a more liberal approach to brutality and violence.


In effect, the French used Algerian men as a scapegoat to mask their patriarchal wrongdoings. In turn unveilex features were used to justify the occupation: The continued military involvement in Afghanistan is sometimes legitimated in terms of ensuring a better future for Afghan women.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This site uses cookies. Such a confused moral geography is still at play within contemporary imperialist adventures.

“Algeria Unveiled” – Fanon and After

However, women were central figures to the revolution. While people of the South, were used to living under despotisms, and stagnant, conformist cultures, it was only in Europe that the right to privacy and freedom of expression were ensured and internalized.

Algerian women used the veil to hide handbags that would often contain weapons, money, and other items unnveiled to the revolution.

As Fanon describes, the veil quickly acquired political connotations during the liberation movement. The political doctrine of the colonial administration became as follows: Unveoled of the foundational myths of European colonialism was the idea that it was only they who understood the primacy of individual freedom. The veil appeared to stir a profound and visceral orientalism on the part of the French occupier. Progress is useful when it serves to justify extraction and domination but the lip service stops once the colonised actually start to embody concrete freedom through the process of resistance.

In certain passages, for instance, Fanon seems to imply that women embraced staying at home so that they could develop a revolutionary consciousness.

In some of the readings and in lecture this week, the role of Algerian women in their national liberation movement from France was mentioned. Algerian women were viewed as exotic, and French men demanded their right to wield the male gaze. Just as Fanon imagines a New Humanism as the product of decolonization, a new culture must emerge from liberation too.


Women unveiled themselves for the revolution, but does this mean they would have to put it back on after the revolution?

“Algeria Unveiled”

Second, Fanon briefly mentions some efforts to educate Algerian girls. Thus, women and their veils, as symbols of national identity, became sites of exploitation. You are fanoj using your WordPress. Women used them to their advantage because French colonialists would not expect them to be involved in revolutionary acts.

In reality the army encouraged this kind of violence against Iraqi prisoners.

Up untilcombat was waged almost exclusively by men. Finally, although Fanon did a pretty good job of representing women, Algerian culture, and Islam, I sometimes took issue with the ways he attempted to speak for Algerian women. In my modern European history class, I actually had a chance to learn quite a bit about these Algerian women. Newer Post Older Post Home. In this chapter, Fanon centralizes Algerian women as important figures in gaining liberation. In the spirit of colonialism, the French wanted to rid any form of national identity.

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