Wearing Hijab Gains Popularity with Young Muslim Americans

May 19, 2002

Source: The Washington Post


On May 19, 2002, The Washington Post reported on the "growing number of college-age women -- many with mothers who do not cover their hair -- who have made the choice to wear scarfs, an Islamic expression of female modesty... In the United States, dozens of Muslim women's Web sites have posted articles and held chat room debates for those who are considering wearing the hijab... Around the University of Maryland's campus,... Madeline Zilfi, a professor of Middle Eastern history, said she has been curious about the trend...

She terms the practice of wearing hip American outfits and trendy chunky shoes with a matching head scarf 'Hijab chic.' And she thinks it's a healthy way for the women to express their feelings and blend their American culture with Muslim pride."