Behind the Veil: The Intersection of Religion, Politics & Culture
Published: October 3, 2017 • Updated: May 2, 2019
Author: Yaqeen Institute
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
What exactly is hijab and why do Muslim women wear it? Is it culturally relevant? What do Islamic texts really say about it? How do we respond to attacks on hijab? Does it make me less of a Muslim if I don't wear hijab? I'm not perfect and I feel like I misrepresent Islam when I wear hijab. Should I take it off? We don't get hijab, and that's okay. It's a hard thing for people to wrap (no pun intended) their minds around in this day and age. Our present religious, political, social, and cultural situation brings a lot of good to the conversation of hijab, but it also brings a lot of challenges with it that can be confusing and hard to navigate. It also brings a significant burden of representation on any Muslim woman who wears the hijab. Being at the intersection of Islamophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, commodification of hijab, and policing of women's bodies, choosing to wear hijab has become more than just a personal or spiritual choice...it's now a heavily politicized act. It's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. With this webinar, our goal is not only to create a safe space for women to voice their concerns and questions regarding hijab, but also to provide answers and perspective on a holistic level relevant to our society today.