Feb 10, 2017
In recent times, the resurgence of the
Hijab along with various countries’ enforcement of it has led many to believe
that Muslim women are required by their faith to wear the Hijab. In this
informative talk, novelist Samina Ali takes us on a journey back to Prophet
Muhammad's time to reveal what the term “Hijab” really means -- and it's not
the Muslim woman's veil! So what does “Hijab” actually mean, if not the veil,
and how have fundamentalists conflated the term to deny women their rights?
This surprising and unprecedented idea will not only challenge your assumptions
about Hijab but will change the way you see Muslim women.
Samina Ali is an award-winning author,
activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won
France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for
the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in
personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political
freedom and in harnessing the power of media for social transformation. She is
the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition,
Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using
the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community