We Talked About Hijab
The Let’s Talk About Hijab series has ended and we talked a lot about hijab over the past two months. This first guest-post series far surpassed my expectations. We heard from a wide variety: Muslim and Christian, covered and not, expatriates and living in their home countries. Initially I wondered if I would find anyone willing to contribute and now I feel surrounded, internetly, by a group of incredible and deep and generous women.
Here are some quotes, comments, photos, and reminders of all who participated. Each of these women have beautiful blogs and I encourage you to visit them on their own sites to continue hearing their wisdom and perspectives.
Essays (in order of posting):
Anita Dualeh with Why Doesn’t Your Wife Wear Hijab. She writes about being married to a Somali and the reaction of shopkeepers when she doesn’t wear hijab.
I wrote Hijab, Definitions. I write about the wide culturally-based diversity of hijab and what the Bible and the Quran say regarding modesty.
Pari Ali with Hijab, the Universal Struggle. She writes about being a Muslim woman who does not wear hijab and about inner character.
Afia R. Fitriati with Asking the Right Questions. She writes about setting aside assumptions and moving beyond the veil to human conversation.
J.R. Goodeau with Through the Eyes of Children. She writes about lessons learned alongside her daughter as they befriend women who cover.
Marilyn Gardner with Rethinking the Veil. She writes about the importance of being willing to listen and to change our assumptions and opinions.
Chaltu Berentu with The Thousand Stories of Hijab. In this Poet Nation video, Chaltu talks about being more than what she wears.
Sarita Agerman with Am I Good Enough To Wear This? She writes about her relationship with the scarf as she began contemplating Islam.
Vajiha with The Veil Between Two Realms. She writes about the all-encompassing nature of hijab.
These kinds of comments are exactly why I was excited about this series. Conversations have been challenging and rich.
Marilyn, on Am I Good Enough to Wear This: I wear a gold Ethiopian cross around my neck. It is probably one of my favorite possessions. Throughout your post I kept on thinking “What kind of responsibility do I feel toward wearing a cross” – it was a punch gut reaction.
Richelle, on Let’s Talk about Hijab (the initial post): that was a huge shock to me. most my muslim friends are strong, confident and independent woman. they are intelligent, even if they are not educated. they are valued members of their families and no one doubts the important role they play. in fact, they just seem like normal women – they laugh and gossip, make dinner, worry about sick kids, don’t get enough sleep and find their husbands frustrating at times. and most of them have embraced, love and find great comfort in the traditions and practices that identify them as a part of this world. i find it hard to label that as oppressive.
MPieh on Asking the Right Questions: I often find that my split-second judgments and preconceived assumptions about a person, based on appearance, are totally “off” when I take the time to actually get to know that person. Thank you for this…a great reminder today.
Sarita on Am I Good Enough to Wear This?: a lot can be said for coming into a faith in later life as opposed to growing up with it. I certainly took things for granted as a Christian because I was so familiar with them, especially as my parents were ministers themselves so it was an integral part of the fabric of family life.
Thanks again to all these women and readers. Any ideas on a next series?!