More Muslim Women in Sydney Choosing to Wear Hijab

February 16, 2004

Source: The Daily Telegraph

On February 16, 2004 The Daily Telegraph reported, "More young Sydney women are choosing to wear the hijab, or head scarf, to show pride in their religion and encourage others to understand Islam rather than fear it. At a time when the wearing of the veil has come under intense attack in Europe, Muslim women in Sydney are taking up the practice in unprecedented numbers. Shops and internet sites selling the hijab have reported a spike in sales in recent months. The shift in visibility of Muslim women in post-"war on terror" Australian society has also led to the introduction of a magazine aimed at twenty-something Muslim women, featuring fashion articles and cooking tips. Nineteen-year-old student Feda Abdo said more of her friends were choosing to identify their religion. 'More Muslim women are taking a stand and asserting their identity,' Ms. Abdo told The Daily Telegraph. 'The hijab is an expression of your identity.'"