To her, hijab symbolises liberation and she is persevered to wear hijab despite the warning given by her buxom aunties and the quizzical looks given to her following the 9/11 attack. Lastly, this essay also covers the views of marriage in Islam and its importance to the mankind. This issue cannot be left out when discussing Love in a Headscarf as other important issues come to exist during her journey in searching for a life companion who is ready to be her partner in seeking the pleasure of Allah. The Islamic perspectives in this memoir are relatable to Muslim women especially to those who live in the European countries as they are highly exposed to the West’s Islamophobic behaviours. Thus, as an Islamic Feminist text, this memoir successfully discusses the struggles faced by Muslim women and how to deal with the issues in an intellectual and Islamic
Aren 't they human too?‘Why should we tell women what to wear? What it boils down to is choice. If women don’t have a choice over what to wear then they are oppressed. It has now become the point where the term ‘ Human rights violation’ would be a good term to describe the current situation. This rule should come to an end as Women are human too snd should also be given the same about of rights as men.
In my opinion, Loy is attempting to be the voice of all women who want to embrace their privileges of womanhood but at the same time want to live a respectful life leading a successful career. Likewise, she is also willing to change the thinking perspective of the stereotypical society where women are only looked down upon and are exploited in various ways. Correspondingly, Loy discusses about the society that talks about the gender equality and feminism but lacks a genuine intention to provide actual social freedom to the women. She recommends women to refuse such illogical efforts of the society and start working on their own with strong
He gives the example of Soraya, and other female characters, who are to some extent free to choose their career. Soraya, for example, defies the general’s wish of her becoming an attorney, and she insists that “teaching may not pay much, but it’s what I want to do! It’s what I love, and it’s a whole lot better than collecting welfare” (Hosseini 182). She is not silent and obedient like Afghan women in Afghanistan. In addition, Amir’s comments on the clothing of a woman he sees in the American Embassy make it clear that the burqa is part of the norm in Afghanistan, while women in America wear different clothes.
2. The Hijab Shala’s mother’s speech only adds to the fact that intolerance and discrimination towards Muslims was common in the United States in that time period. “…..how do you represent yourself now as a Muslim woman in this country where Muslims are not like you, Shala” implies that the image of a Muslim (and the hijab itself) in the US is not only inaccurate but comes with negative depictions. Shala is then bullied because of her decision to wear her hijab, which
Despite the claim that the world has made progress towards gender equality, women are expected to depict feminine characteristics and mannerisms deemed suitable by society. Sandra Cisneros challenges these societal expectations in her poem “Loose Woman” by embracing the negative connotations of a masculine woman. Cisneros faces the pressures of conforming to the American and Latin American status quo of being a woman. Because Cisneros chooses to defy many womanly ideals, she is labeled with “undesirable” identities heavily influenced by religious beliefs. These religious views impact the social expectations of a woman’s sexual orientation as well as her social behavior.
The second piece of literature, “Silent Protest” by Shadi Eskandani is about the fight for women’s rights in the Muslim religion and culture. The women are protesting for freedom of choice, they want to be able to make their own decisions on what they can do and wear without being scolded for their actions by the men. The author uses symbolism, stereotypes, exposition, irony, and conflict in the short story to develop a well-rounded approach to the issue. The two works of literature are connected by the common theme of freedom and the want for all creatures to have it. Freedom should not be a privilege, freedom should be a right.
It is evident that the Middle East is quite patriarchal and this of course contributes to why women are seen as or believed to be inferior. Furthermore in the Middle East, women’s challenges have been “intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic.” In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, however, Isobel Coleman demonstrates how both Muslim women as well as men are trying to combat the belief that women should be oppressed, an the do so using “progressive interpretations of Islam to support women’s rights in a growing movement of Islamic
A freelance Muslim writer named Hanna Yusuf says, “There’s nothing inherently liberating in covering up, just as there’s nothing inherently liberating in wearing next to nothing. But the liberation lies in the choice.” And she also states that when people assume that veiled women are oppressed it belittles the choice of those who decide to wear it. For her and so many other Muslim women, wearing the hijab is an act of feminism by rejecting "the message that women must be sexy but not slutty, stick-thin but still curvy, youthful but all natural." Yusuf says. This gives these women control over their own body, a way to reject social pressures, and an expression of their first amendment.
Gender Lens CSE: While looking at Persepolis through a gender lens, we can see how the women are objectified in their society, through the fundamentalist regime. The forcing of the veils causes the Iranian women to be seen as the lesser gender, with pleasing men as their sole purpose in society. It says that “To protect women from potential rapists they decreed that wearing the veil was obligatory. ‘Women’s hair emanate rays that excite men. That’s why women should cover their hair!’” (74, 7).