Muslim Women Find Empowerment and Fear in Hijab

November 11, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 11, 2001, Newsday reported that after Sept. 11, many American-Muslim women experienced their own kind of 'profiling.' Some put aside the hijab out of fear. Some had it pulled off their hair by angry strangers. Others were merely labeled... In our own country, where some wear the hijab out of tradition or identity or as a daily connection to religion, there are endless internal and external debates among educated Muslim women...But the intense feelings that surround what the women wear reflect and echo the enormous symbolic importance that most cultures place on women's bodies and the way they are clothed."