Politics & Clothing: The Hijab

This is the title given by the organisers of this dialogue between  Asra Nomani and Hoda Katebi on the hijab.

Published on 8 Jun 2016

When Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana announced its first hijab collection, it wasn’t just the fashion world that took notice. In many ways, hijab is becoming part of mainstream Western culture, worn by characters on television series, Olympic athletes, even a new Barbie doll. Still the wearing of hijab continues to spark other responses, from attacks on women in Paris, to calls from some Muslim women to end what they view as an oppressive form of dress. CHF convenes a conversation to discuss the complex and sometimes contradictory responses to hijab, including Asra Nomani, journalist and author of “Standing Alone in Mecca” and Hoda Katebi, activist and author of “Tehran Street Style,” moderated by Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune. This program was recorded on Apr 30, 2016 as part of Chicago Humanities Festival’s inaugural spring festival, Style: http://chf.to/Style2016
I have to say that I found this video to be very informative, not only concerning the hijab (and how it is used in Islam) but my understanding and appreciation of Asra Nomani.  Articulate, intelligent and very clear and gracious – the opposite of her fellow speaker who comes across as shallow and intolerant of anything that does not suit her own narrative (sound familiar when it comes to Islam?) who focuses on identity politics and her own sense of personal victimisation.
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Lived and worked in Muslim-majority countries for over 12 years while working in the international development sector as a senior director/manager. This included South East Asia, East, and West Africa (including the Horn of Africa), the Middle East and Afghanistan. Main interests in life is the study of Political Islam and how this has interacted with non-Islamic civilisations, especially Judeo-Christian civilisations, in history and currently.

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