The Veil of Singularity

Herczku, Fruzsina
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The position of Muslim women in the United States has always been troublesome, as they have not only been suffering from racism in the new country, but sexism and negative discrimination on the basis of gender, as well. In addition, they have had to fight against the popular misconception held by non-Muslim people according to which they are unable to exist without men, and they are subjugated and oppressed by their husbands, and other male members of their family. Many Western people are often reluctant to understand why Muslim women are so committed to the religion of Islam, and their Muslim culture, when they are (allegedly) deprived of their individuality and freedom. One of the most misinterpreted areas regarding Muslim women is the wearing of the most typical Islamic garment, the hijab. A number of non-Muslim people truly believe that Muslim women put on the hijab against their will, and it is a symbol of their oppression and helplessness. In this paper, my main aim is to dissolve those often held misconceptions that assert the aforementioned negative ideas on Muslim women. I will demonstrate that Muslim feminists are the embodiment of fierceness and power, and that the hijab does not necessarily stand for Muslim women’s lack of opportunities, but it has become the symbol of their individuality, independence and commitment to their Islamic faith.
Muslim, Immigration, Islamophobia, Feminism, Veil, Hijab