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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Hijab in America Hijab in America Is wearing hijab crucial to Muslim women's identity? Wearing Hijab is a choice The fashion-forward Hijabi The Qur'an is very ambiguous about women "veiling".It has become customary for many Muslim women,but wearing hijab has actually been a part of Arab culture longer than Islam has. According to a 2011 poll conductedby the Pew Research Center* There are about 1 millionMuslim women in America; *Exact numbers are nearly impossible to accurately determine. This estimation is based on the Pew Research Center's findings. Many Muslim women chose to wear hijab as a symbol for female liberation and freedom.They see hijab as an intrinsic part of their identity: almost as a second skin. While many non-Muslim Americans see hijab as a means for oppression and male domination,it's actually the opposite. 43% wear headscarves all the timeAbout 48% don't cover their hair Since September 11, wearing hijab attracts morenegative attention to Muslim women than every before. And yet, aside from increased-racism following9/11, most Muslim women claim to experienceprimarily positive reactions to their hijab. New trends are emerging among youngMuslim women that allow for both modernstyle AND traditional Islamic modesty The growing popularity of fashion siteslike Haute Hijab and Modest StreetFashion can be linked to the needs ofmodern "Mipsterz" (Muslim hipsters) Hijabi: Muslim slang for a girl in hijab Wearing Hijab post-9/11 Modesty is an essential part of Islam. Muslim men andwomen dress conservatively because sexuality is sacredand meant only to be experienced in the private sphere. Because of this, some Muslim women believe coveringthemselves is not necessary to their faith.It's a construct of Arab culture.
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