I have to admit that hijab narratives in media turn me off. Whether because it is exhaustively discussed or because most of these narratives rely heavily on clichés and fallacies, hijab is a subject that seems to me overloaded with notions that are not related in any way to what I see as the core of its true essence. However, being surrounded with multitudes of articles and reports on the topic, and being a Muslim woman living in a Muslim country that witnesses a shift in the way people perceive hijab makes the whole subject food for my mental engine and hence makes discussing it inevitable.
What amazes me the most about hijab is the different lenses through which a single religious practice is inspected and interpreted. Among the reasons behind this variance is the fact that Muslims are widespread across the globe, belonging to different ethnicities; some of them live as minorities, while Muslims are the majority in almost 50 countries. Here I will explore some of the different interpretations of hijab.
A sign of social conformity? Hijab revisited in the Muslim midlands
In a debate on atheism that took place in Cairo earlier this year, a remark on twitter by the journalist who documented the event has struck me: “It was interesting to see today girls wearing hijab for strictly social/familial reasons but being atheist/agnostic.” For these girls, a symbol that has been regarded as a symbol of religiosity is serving as something quite different. [Read more...]