INTRODUCTION
Veils and Sales
saturday, august 6, 2005.
O
ne month after the bombs in London on July 7, and Oxford Street
is buzzing with shoppers. Retail figures are down, and travel on the
tube has diminished by a third, but the sales are in full swing, and
bargain hunters are not to be deterred. Walking from Oxford Circus to Marble
Arch reveals a significant number of visibly “Muslim” women: girls in tight
jeans with patterned scarves over their hair cluster around the makeup counter
in Top Shop; older women in embroidered salwar kameez with filmy dupatta
thrown loosely over their heads mooch around Debenhams; hip twentysome-
things in black boot- cut trousers and skimpy T- shirts wear their black head
wraps tight with a fashionable ghetto- fabulous tail cascading down their backs
from their high topknots as they check out bargains in Mango; clusters of young
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