I don’t know how succesful the book has been, but it certainly has generated enough hype that a few months later an Indonesian TV channel announced that it would air (*drumroll*) a TV show “inspired by the book”.
The basic idea of the show is pretty much similar to the book: hijab-wearing public figures will be invited to the talk show to talk about why they wear the hijab, their hijab journeys and so on.
But I bet there is one famous woman the show will never invite, even though the story of this woman was included in the book and her face appears on its cover.
In December, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, the governor of the Banten province, was arrested in one of the most-publicised graft cases in Indonesia. Tabloids were soon filled of stories of her Louis Vuitton headscarf, shopping trips to Europe and her opulent lifestyle. Only a couple years ago celebrated as the country’s first female governor, Ratu Atut is now seen as a “disgrace” to her nation.
Which is why I am sure that she will never appear in the TV show. I even wonder if Muhammad Assad, the author of 99 Hijab Stories, is strongly considering to redo his book so that Ratu Atut will no longer appear inside the book or on its cover. Because the hijab stories as written in his book are all about righteous women who don the hijab and live happily ever after. A woman who tripped and made a horrible moral mistake certainly does not fit its storyline. [Read more...]