Interpreting the hijab – a symbol of oppression vs. expression

Interpreting the hijab – a symbol of oppression vs. expression

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The Oxford dictionary defines the hijab as a head covering that is worn in public by some Muslim women. Over the years, the hijab has played various roles and has been perceived in different ways depending on where, by whom and when it was worn. Sometimes, it is labelled as a tool of oppression or a sign of modesty but of late, it is also being perceived as a fashion accessory by those who wear it out of choice in various colors and alter it to represent their personal style. This has led to a burgeoning international ‘modest fashion’ market. It is gaining popularity not just amongst practising muslims but amongst those outside the religion too. With fashion stalwarts embracing the hijab, the blend of faith and fashion is catching up. In 2015, H&M hired a hijabi model and Haneefah Adam gave the world it’s first Hijarbie in 2016. There is plenty of evidence to show that the modest veil has become a fashion statement.

The Oxford dictionary defines the hijab as a head covering that is worn in public by some Muslim women. Over the years, the hijab has played various roles and has been perceived in different ways depending on where, by whom and when it was worn. Sometimes, it is labelled as a tool of oppression or a sign of modesty but of late, it is also being perceived as a fashion accessory by those who wear it out of choice in various colors and alter it to represent their personal style. This has led to a burgeoning international ‘modest fashion’ market. It is gaining popularity not just amongst practising muslims but amongst those outside the religion too. With fashion stalwarts embracing the hijab, the blend of faith and fashion is catching up. In 2015, H&M hired a hijabi model and Haneefah Adam gave the world it’s first Hijarbie in 2016. There is plenty of evidence to show that the modest veil has become a fashion statement.

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German boxer Zeina Nassar

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https://news.nike.com/news/nike-pro-hijab

In the winter of 2017, Nike released its first ever performance hijab paving the way for muslim female athletes to come out and perform without any restrictions. 

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German boxer Zeina Nassar

image: Nike ,Inc.

https://news.nike.com/news/nike-pro-hijab

In the winter of 2017, Nike released its first ever performance hijab paving the way for muslim female athletes to come out and perform without any restrictions. 

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Ilhan Omar speaking at a ‘Hillary for MN’ event

From a medium of oppression, it is evolving into a symbol of expression. Ilhan Omar, one of two Muslim women ever elected to Congress made history when she wore her hijab for the swear in ceremony. It was the first time in 181 years that the House of Representatives allowed head coverings on the house floor for religious reasons. The ‘rules package’ that was passed included several provisions which seek to restore inclusion and diversity.

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Ilhan Omar speaking at a ‘Hillary for MN’ event

From a medium of oppression, it is evolving into a symbol of expression. Ilhan Omar, one of two Muslim women ever elected to Congress made history when she wore her hijab for the swear in ceremony. It was the first time in 181 years that the House of Representatives allowed head coverings on the house floor for religious reasons. The ‘rules package’ that was passed included several provisions which seek to restore inclusion and diversity.

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Manal Al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia

Manal Al-Sharif has became the idol of many after she became the first woman to drive in Saudi Arabia. Her act of defiance one was one of many in her mission for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Even her arrest did not stop her. Finally, she won the struggle against Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and enabled the lifting of the ban in 2017. Sometimes she wears the hijab and sometimes she does not, raising awareness of the clothing item being a symbol of women’s freedom and fashion. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest woman to have ever won the Nobel Prize, has never shied away from wearing the veil and it has become a part of her public identity.

Manal Al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia

Manal Al-Sharif has became the idol of many after she became the first woman to drive in Saudi Arabia. Her act of defiance one was one of many in her mission for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Even her arrest did not stop her. Finally, she won the struggle against Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and enabled the lifting of the ban in 2017. Sometimes she wears the hijab and sometimes she does not, raising awareness of the clothing item being a symbol of women’s freedom and fashion. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest woman to have ever won the Nobel Prize, has never shied away from wearing the veil and it has become a part of her public identity.

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Our Hijab Supercowl Dress and Top is a take on this celebrated piece of clothing. Wear it as a dress or as a hijab. It can be worn 3 ways – Wear the cowl as a scarf, head scarf or take your arm through it to drape it over your shoulder down to the waist. It will look drastically different each time you wear it and is sure to get people interested in you for making this unique choice. Buy it here!

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Our Hijab Supercowl Dress and Top is a take on this celebrated piece of clothing. Wear it as a dress or as a hijab. It can be worn 3 ways – Wear the cowl as a scarf, head scarf or take your arm through it to drape it over your shoulder down to the waist. It will look drastically different each time you wear it and is sure to get people interested in you for making this unique choice. Buy it here!