Muslim Women in Western Culture

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Muslim Women in Western Culture
SOC 315: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
April 24, 2011

Muslim Women in Western Culture Most people have seen a woman walking down the street or in a mall clad in what appears to be scarves wrapped around her head, covering her hair, ears, and neck. In some situations these women even have a veil covering up most of their face. This is becoming a common occurrence in the United States as the Islamic population grows. Some may view this as a way to make these women subservient, making it seem like they don’t have an identity or a voice. This leaves many to wonder why they would wear such a thing in modern America where women are treated as equals and do have a voice. The truth behind the headscarf does
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For all of them the decision was a deeply personal one rooting deep in their religious beliefs. Many of them see it as a duty of theirs to show Islam in a positive light. With all the misconceptions about these women, this group of six all saw it as an opportunity to teach people about their culture. They squash the misunderstandings that Muslim women aren’t supposed to talk and clearly prove that Muslim women are allowed to be educated and have their own thoughts and views. In addition to that they feel they are the ones that need to show and express the kindness and love of Islam (Seggie and Sanford 2010). Among other studies done on young Muslim women who hijab, one women said “"I lived in a co-ed dorm and it was really the first time I had to deal with unwanted attention from guys. I guess that was the first time I really understood why it was necessary to wear a scarf, because as soon as I did, all the idiots left me alone” (Ali, 2005). Another woman’s view was “because I began to realize that what people think is nowhere compared to Allah, and so, how could I blatantly disobey an order because of 'standing out?” (Ali, 2005). It would also surprise many that in some of these women’s cases, their choice to hijab was not only not forced, but also not even supported by family members. Some of these women’s parents had hard times coping with their daughters taking up this wardrobe.
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