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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Uncovering Myths About the Hijab
I really enjoyed reading this article. In general, I am fascinated by Middle Eastern culture and love reading about the political and social aspects of the society itself. Admittedly, I have been weary of the concept of a hijab, mostly because it has always been presented to me in negative ways, which gave me the impression that they are oppressive to all Muslim women. And, for some Muslim women, the hijab feels oppressive. Well, that seems simple enough to me, women who feel this way should not have to wear them. Easier said than done.
Rowaida Abdelaziz, the young woman pictured above and interviewed in the article, brings a new viewpoint to the hijab. The idea that the hijab liberates her from pressures to focus on her own physical aspects is refreshing...a concept that could be very useful in our own "beauty"-obsessed society.
I think, especially with the younger generations, the hijab is taking on a new meaning of female strength and empowerment...something Muslim women are WELL overdue for!