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Oppression, 2017, stoneware

What do you know about hijab? I honestly never knew much, but had my own uninformed assumptions.

 

Many outside the Muslim community have looked upon this practice as evidence of an oppressive, patriarchal religious culture that disallows women from showing their hair lest they tempt men. Other assumptions suggest that these women are weak in their willing subordination to oppression. Thankfully, the writings of many wonderful Muslim, feminist scholars tell a radically different story.

 

This is a complex image that triggers assumptions. Fear. Certainly there is merit to the discussion of female oppression in some Muslim communities, but what are we looking at HERE, and what is actually oppressive? An individual’s engagement with their own cultural, religious and/or political practices, or uninformed assumptions about those practices?