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ABC of the Veil

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Abstract

To resist the temptation of reducing the multiple meanings of the veil, we chose an absolutely meaningless order, namely, the ABC. The sequence of the different entries is thus at the mercy of two corresponding acts of arbitrariness: the one of naming and the one of the alphabet. No logic determines either the neighbourhood or unity of the different entries. They are situated outside of syntactics and reports, yet they crash against each other, fly into a passion, calm down and distance themselves without endangering the order of a swarm of mosquitoes.

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© Springer 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of African StudiesUniversity of CologneGermany
  2. 2.Deutsches Ledermuseum OffenbachDeutschland

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