About The Hijablog:
The Hijablog in its current format was started in the fall of 2012 by Imaan Ali, after a 4-year hiatus. Originally a half-year long stint undertaken from the summer of 2008 until the end of the same year, it was a product of the author’s frustration with the lack of style inspiration available for the newly veiled. The Hijablog quickly received great initial attention by international media, leading to interviews, radio show and talk show appearances, as well as a contribution to a Norwegian book project on the hijab.
For the author, much has changed since the blog’s humble beginnings; both stylewise and lifestyle wise. Between suspending her blogging in December of 2008 and the relaunch in September 2012, she moved to a different continent, completed her undergrad degree over the course of two years and continued on to her doctoral studies and teaching. With several style phases put behind her (some of them better forgotten) Imaan felt sufficiently comfortable and confident in her skin – and clothes – to start another project, this time showcasing her own style. The current format is a mix of short and sweet outfit descriptions, diary-like summaries, and some more substantial lessons from the authors own life, all accompanied by style photos. Welcome.
A goal of this blog is to shatter two common stereotypes: that Muslim women are invisible beings behind their veils, and that academics necessarily must be colorless creatures lacking creativity – the dualism that expects one to either conform to the world of aesthetics or the world of ideas, no overlap permitted.
Imaan is based in Michigan, but divides her time between the US, Egypt, and Norway. Apart from blogging about her personal style, she is a PhD student and instructor of political science, a nomad, and an activist, concerned with issues including but not limited to Arab politics, society, and culture, Islam, and women’s rights. She has previously contributed to a Norwegian book project on the hijab, and continues to speak on topics close to her heart.
While the style presented is that of a veiled Muslim woman who is comfortable with her level of modesty, opinions on what “correct” hijab is (and whether hijab is even a requirement) are many and diverse, and people are bound to disagree with the blogger’s interpretation. Keep in mind, however, that The Hijablog is first and foremost a style inspiration blog, not a medium for pushing any specific religious agenda.
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