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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Young Women Discuss Hijab

This video was made for the Minnesota Historical Society in 2004. You will see a lot of the girls aren't wearing what is technically proper hijab, but more the cultural versions that are popular among Somalils.
I think it gives good insight into the variety of factors that influence a girl's decision to cover, as well as to what extent she covers.

Some of the terminology they use is Somali too.

Indho-shareer=niqaab
shuuko=long slip-over khimar or sometimes an open abaya

3 comments:

Ahavah-Shim'on said...

What a delightful video - it was lovely to watch.

The decision to cover is never an easy one - especially if the current 'norm' for non-muslim ladies is to go around bareheaded. You do sort of stick out in a crowd.

ben said...

MediaCurves.com conducted a recent follow-up study among 1,431 Americans about their perceptions of woman wearing a traditional Muslim shawl, or hijab. The results revealed many positive changes in the respondent’s views with regard to the photo of a woman wearing a hijab. The woman with a shawl was viewed as more friendly, beautiful, and less strict, compared to an identical study that was run in January 2008. Respondents were also more welcoming of the idea of the woman depicted living in their neighborhood than in 2008.
More in depth results can be seen at:
http://www.mediacurves.com/Culture/J7614-MuslimHijab/Index.cfm
Thanks,
Ben

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