English Assignment: the Many Faces Behind the Veil

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English Assignment nr. 3 - section A By Sebastian Munk Andersen The Summary "The many faces behind the veil" is written by Arifa Akbar and Jerome Taylor for The Independent. For many Muslim women hijab or veil is a symbol of Piety, identity and political statements. That it is for Rahmanara Chowdhury, 29, and her seven sisters who have each made their own personal choices on hijab. She started to wear the veil at the end of the university and it took her a year to get to the decision. For her it was a spiritual journey. She was the first in the family to take it on and her father and family accepted it immediately. She only had a few negative experiences but when things get blown up in the media she keeps a low profile. She would never look down on people who didn’t choose to wear the veil, and I quote - "It's not about that, it's about my personal spiritual connection with God." The Outline In the first text “I want to unveil my views on an important issue.” Jack Straw tells about an experience he had with a lady who wears a full veil. He wasn’t comfortable talking to someone “face to face” without the face showing. He then began telling his clients to take the veil of and to his surprise they all did. Still, he is concerned that wearing the full veil is bound to make better relations between the two communities more difficult. The second text “The many faces behind the veil” discuss the difference between girls who choose to wear the hijab, or veil, and the girls being pressed to wear it. One of them is Rahmanara Chowdhury. She chose it for herself and her whole family accepted her choice. For her it is a spiritual journey and her personal relationship to God. The last text “Muslim schoolgirls show that faith and fashion are not incompatible” tells of how the youth come together across religion and culture to make fashion. The initiative is called

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