L’affaire hijab in France is weighed down with almost 30 years of rhetoric, polemique and infamy and yet, 30 years on, it still won’t quit. The French obsession and stubbornness regarding the Islamic headscarf made headlines again recently with not one but three separate incidents (none involving actual Muslim women) which are both embarrassing … More Affaire Rossignol: Does Hating the Hijab Mean You’re an Islamophobe?
A recent spate of acid attacks against women in Isfahan, Tehran has left the international media abuzz. Many reports cite that the attacks, which have left victims severely burned and even blinded, were due to “bad hijab,” in which the women in question-who were driving their cars when men on a motorbike drove up and … More Young Iranians Are Showing their Faces
On this extremely wet and windy Saturday in NYC I decided to forgo working on my thesis project to head into Manhattan to go to the Pearl Daisy pop-up shop. Between school and getting a full-time job working within the United Nations sphere (more on that another time!) it was a nice time out, catching … More Hijabi Cool in NYC with Pearl Daisy
I’ll admit it: Muslim Hipsters (“Mipsterz”) have more style than me. If you’re a American Muslim–or just an avid HuffPost reader, since they are posting a plethora of articles on the topic- then you probably have seen the “Somewhere in America–Mipsterz” video or heard about it. Social media has been abuzz with talk of the … More Somewhere in America….Stereotypes Just Got Served
Society cannot get enough of telling women how to display their bodies. Whether we are being told to cover up or to strip down, to go out with naked faces or to rougez les levres, women are rarely free to choose their own style of dress. Women are often prevented, legally, from dressing as they … More The Female Body is a Scary Thing: Human Rights
The headscarf is so entrenched in the daily style of many Muslim cultures that it seems impossible that it was discouraged and even banned at times in countries like Egypt and Algeria. If Hoda Sharaawi today stepped off the train back from Europe and threw off her abaya as she did in 1923, it would … More Headscarf Banning Around the World
When Westerners think of Islam, women’s fashion is often one of the first things that comes to their mind. Not fashion with a capital ‘F,’ but a style of dressing that is markedly different from the pages of Vogue and Lucky Magazine: tent-like burqas, black niqabs and plain hijabs complemented by baggy clothes. Obviously, not … More Modern Islam: Winnie Detwa and the Hijabi Hunnies