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Immigrant Muslim Women and the Hijab

The hijab is often recognized as a symbol of Muslim women’s oppression in Canada. In contrast, focus groups in this research showed that those women who wore the hijab professed it to be a positive experience because it confirmed their Muslim identities, provided them an opportunity to take control of their lives, and offered them […]

  • Tabassum Ruby
  • University Institute for Social Research
  • 2004
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Immigrant Muslim Women and the Hijab
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    The hijab is often recognized as a symbol of Muslim women’s oppression in Canada. In contrast, focus groups in this research showed that those women who wore the hijab professed it to be a positive experience because it confirmed their Muslim identities, provided them an opportunity to take control of their lives, and offered them the status of a respectable person. Moreover, the hijab was not limited to attire in this study. Most participants saw conducting life modestly as a part of the hijab. The concept of modesty led many of the informants (whether they wore a headscarf or not) to carry on their Muslim cultures’ values. Muslim traditions, however, are not woven into larger Canadian society and participants often confronted difficulties in crafting female Muslim identities.

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    • Tabassum Ruby
    • University Institute for Social Research
    • 2004
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