Hijab: a Misconstrued Term

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The term hijab has been misinterpreted in the World for decades. It is referred to as a headscarf and more often than not directly related to oppression. It causes most dialogue in the Western World where hijab is considered only the headdress. Throughout time, however, the term hijab has evolved from a complex religious term to a complex political term. Despite the meaning of hijab being more than a headscarf, people have chosen to focus on that aspect of hijab and continue to label veiling women as the “other.” However, some Muslim women have taken advantage of this special attention to hijab and have made it their duty to educate and elaborate on the term and concept of hijab. Despite the negativity and misconceptions towards a woman who wears hijab, especially in the West, some Muslim women have refused to back down. They take advantage of being a Muslim-American and use that hyphenated identity to educate the World on what the term entails and how they balance their Muslim and American identity. The term hijab has evolved from being virtually unknown pre-1970s to a highly politicized and constantly argued post-9/11, it is constantly questioned and argued. News outlets, as expected, play a large role in how terms are viewed by the majority of people. Various Western outlets portray veiled women from other countries as oppressed and present the being covered in a negative light. They portray it as if the headscarf is the only thing that stops these women from progressing. The issue of poverty, lack of education and lack of resources is ignored and if a woman is suffering in a Muslim country, it is only because she is covered. Despite the fact if she is doing it willingly. A recent article published on CNN.com, although does not revolve around the concept of hijab, subtly mentions it and the small excerpt is immediately publicized and hyped. The article was

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