7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs – Mic

Wow, what a great post about showing the truths about Muslim women (as opposed to strengthening stereotypes) and hijabs. This post is via “A Broad’s View,” and I found it via “Aisha’s Oasis.”

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7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs – Mic.

By Laila Alawa via Identities.mic

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7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs
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Imagine a Muslim woman and you’ll most likely picture a hijab, the head covering worn by some Muslim women across the globe.

The hijab is not the most important part of being a Muslim woman, but it is certainly the most visible. In a time when Islamophobia only seems to be on the rise in the West, a practice that is so personal and diverse has become a warped and misunderstood part of a flat and monolithic picture of Muslim women.

As Islam becomes more and more wrapped up in public debates about foreign policy, integration and immigration, the hijab has quickly become shorthand for a set of stereotypes that neither represent nor capture the experience of being…

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14 thoughts on “7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs – Mic

  1. Christy!
    I left this comment on the post & I leave it here for you as well.

    I find this an interesting article. I was the Costume Designer (76 episodes) on a TV series “Little Mosque On The Prairie” The creator, Zarqa Nawaz, was my first Muslim friend. She is a/ the woman you speak of, and she has written a new book…. “Laughing All The Way To The Mosque”
    I hope you will check her out!

    • Hi Resa, I’m glad you left the comment here too so I could read it. I remember the show and how wonderful to learn that you were costume designer for it I will take a look at her site and book details ♥

      • Thanks, Christy!
        Zarqa is at least 1000 worlds ahead of what is going on in the middle east. Hers is a positive, loving and open voice to be heard!

  2. I would like to add, that the veil is a very important part for Muslim women. and for a Muslim woman not just wear but should be able to reflect the attitudes and behavior are good and the principal is to maintain the dignity as a woman.

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  3. That article is deserving of the further dissemination that you have granted it Christy and I can think of a few letterboxes I’d like to stuff it into as well. I imagine that to wear the hijab invokes a cultural pride similar to what this Irishman feels on donning his Donegal Tweed flat cap.

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