2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Hijab is Not Oppression

Zara J. Shoune
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this paper is to examine what it means to be a Hijabi in America. Muslims have received scrutiny and discrimination since 9/11. Such anti-Muslim sentiments have inspired Muslim women to “assum[e] a public Islamic identity by wearing the hijab”(Haddad, 2007). Hijabis face prejudice in the workplace because employers cite that the “hijab is not appropriate for the image of their business.” The increasing Islamophobic rhetoric, giving rise to offensive comments about the hijab, has made Muslims targets in society. Although the Hijab has always been an integral part of Islam, wearing it is important for Muslim women because “the hijab has become the most visible symbol of Muslim identity, and issues in America” (Williams, 2007). Through the lens of politics, religion, and sociology, this paper will illuminate the experiences of hijabis in America.

Keywords: Hijabi, Discrimination , 9/11, Identity , Sociological, Political , Religion


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 410-2
Location: VH 1236
Time: 2:45

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