Moving Beyond Homogenizing The Hijab: Part 2

By Nurul Huda Rashid Of late, the term ‘hijab’ has been used pervasively across different contexts of discussion, from that of religion, ‘Islamization’, the symbolic, in movements and representation, and especially in relation to the discussion of women, ‘Muslim women’. The latter is a most contested term as it is often relegated a single identity…

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Moving Beyond Homogenizing the Hijab: Part 1

By Diana Rahim It seems like we never stop talking about the Hijab. Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa unearthed a storm of anger and debate recently with their op-ed in the Washington Post which went down bitterly for understandable reasons. Although well-meaning, they also came across as condescending and reductive, not particularly acceptable in a…

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Who Speaks for Muslim Women?

  By Diana Rahim I just finished reading “Who Speaks For Islam?: What A Billion Muslims Really Think.” by John L. Esposito & Dalia Mogahed. The book presents the data collected from a 6 year long study conducted by Gallup Organization. They conducted tens of thousands of hour long interviews with people from more than…

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Look beyond the Hijab – How hijab is affecting decisions on education

In recent years, Muslim parents are asking the mainstream schools to take into consideration for Muslim girls to wear their hijabs to school but MOE is taking a strong stand against this idea . The reason given was that the mainstream schools subscribe to the idea of identical uniform represents a institute of equality and…

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