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Hijab: An Impression of Beauty
Transcript of Hijab: An Impression of Beauty
What is hijab? The rules of hijab The veil and self-expression West
east? The media The veil-
the most common conception The burqa-
full, body-covering outer garment The niqab-
more conservative version of the hijab veil
thicker fabric, no translucsence, with only slit cut out for eyes. Hijab: from the Arabic, meaning "curtain" or "cover"
also a cultural concept
True hijab is "dress, heart and intention." The chador-
an open-face cloak of fabric wrapped around the body 1. Men must be covered from navel to knees,
women must be completely covered except for hands, feet and eyes 2. Clothes should be loose and not revealing 3. Clothes should not be transparent 4. Clothes worn should not be so glamorous
as to attract the opposite sex 5. Clothes worn should not
resemble those of the opposite sex 6. Clothes worn should not
ressemble those of non-believers "O Prophet Tell thy wives and daughters,
and the believing women that they should cast their
outer garments over their persons (when abroad); t
hat is most convenient, that they should be known
(as such) and not molested" (33:59)
The hijab is considered a symbol of piety, modesty
and an assertion of woman's control over her body. On the other hand, women in certain countries, if not observing hijab, might be publicly humiliated, beaten, burned with acid or even killed. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. And when you ask them (the wives of the Prophet) for anything you want, ask them from behind a curtain: that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts. (33:53) The media's portrayal of Muslim women in popular culture is often contrary to their religious/political beliefs and practices Several muslim women and scholars alike
have stated that muslim women portrayed by the western media assert them as exotic sexual icons, or as oppressed. Either way, they are objectified. The Miss Earth pageant in 2002 had an award specifically for Miss Afghanistan: the "beauty for a cause" award. Miss Afghanistan was the first woman from Afghanistan to compete in a pageant in over 30 years, and was ostracized from her country for wearing a red bikini. Many muslim women purport that the hijab is
an assertion of their control over their bodies, a statement
that proclaims that their bodies are their business, and they
shouldn't be judged based on superficial qualities. Muslim women purport using the hijab
to assert control over their bodies and protect themselves from exploitation, so what does that say about western media and the idea of women as sexual commodities, where everything can be put on display? Which of us is really oppressed? Consider the juxtaposition: westernized women are asked/expected to wear makeup, certain clothing, hairstyles, even behaviors and are considered "liberated." Yet, women still earn approximately .7 on every dollar a man earns. Consider that over 600 women a day are the victims of sexual violence and rape, one of the highest prevalences in the world, despite being "developed." (1 Corinthians 11:6-10)