The multiple shades of the hijab

This is a very good article on the different aspects of the veil:

When a US-based television network introduced Ro’ya Zanaty, a veiled Egyptian woman, as part of its “21 and the World is Yours” programme, it portrayed her as a “combination of contradictions”.

A Western audience may find it an interesting – if not novel – story that a veiled Muslim woman listens to pop music and is willing to approach a man and ask him out.

But for many in Egypt and the Middle East, a veiled woman mixing eastern and western traditions is nothing new.

In the past two decades, young veiled women have been increasingly active in society – they can be seen in universities, cafes, sports clubs, and mixed social gatherings, hosting talk shows and commenting on everything from contemporary politics to sex education and the latest fashion sense. Read more here.

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One thought on “The multiple shades of the hijab

  1. jessyz says:

    I got veiled in 97, I was still in High School at the time and the choice was entirely mine. Back then there were no hijabs available in stores that were suitable for my age, even clothes were a mess. My sister and I remember spending a couple of years wearing long sleeved men’s shirts and t-shirts. I find it very ironic when girls today get veiled and complain about not finding anything to wear. I also confused most people I met, people would automatically assume that I was a fundamentalist/extremist type person with no interests what so ever because I was veiled. Things truly have dramatically changed.

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