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The Fabric of Liberation or Oppression ? After learning about the hijab last year, I wanted to incorporate it into fashion along with modest clothing some days, it was one of those days and I posted a picture of myself on snapchat. Not shortly after I received a text from my boyfriend that succinctly read, “What are you wearing.” What am I wearing I repeated to myself offended and shocked at his reaction to my outfit of choice. I retort back “Clothes”. Why did what I chose to wear matter to him, especially if I was dressed modestly?What was the problem? From there we entered a conversation, about what I had decided to wear on my head that day stood for in American Society. In recent discussions of Muslim American culture specifically the…show more content…
The hijab is a symbol of piety, patriotism,courage, and resistance not of terrorism, oppression, fanaticism. The hijab is a choice and a movement. In the online magazine TIME, a article originally from the online magazine xojane Mariam Gomaa an American Muslim graduate from Northwestern University who experienced growing up in a post 9-11 environment declares a radically different narrative choosing to wear the hijab as a sociopolitical statement. She counters American trepidation by asserting her own civil rights articulating that, “My religion should not be shed for the sake of someone else’s comfort.”She ties her sense of identity to the hijab crafting the fabric into one of sociopolitical sentiments, describing it as the “American hijab, the antithesis and retaliation to whiteness and the American media, and a nod of solidarity to other people of color.”The hijab is a form of resistance in America, a rejection of Western Influence. She uses the hijab to reclaim and rewrite the western narrative of Muslim women and people as a whole. She takes on the role of contributing and furthering American Islam as started by iconic Muslim figures like Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar by wearing the hijab as an act of defiance against social convention by refusing to the terror and pressure to refuse her religious freedom for the sake of appeasing the world. American Muslim Hijabis fight for social consciousness and social justice advocating for cultural diffusion rather than letting a symbol of cultural identity be removed. She concludes, “This more than a fabric its choosing to be different and a nonconformist and wearing it with pride” This is an act of empowerment, and liberation from societal popular expectations in regards to “beauty,identity,race, and culture”. Women like Gomma exemplify the point of Mallak Al Husban in
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