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World Hijab Day: Our Best Articles on Hijab, Muslim Women, and Equality

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From children’s books on hijab to traveling while wearing the hijab to the unfortunate discrimination that many Muslim women face in the workplace – here are 10 of our most important articles on hijab.

World Hijab Day, founded by Nazma Khan in 2013, takes place every year on February 1st in more than 140 different countries around the world. With the aim of spreading awareness about the meaning of hijab as well as exploring the reasons why so many Muslim women choose to wear the physical hijab, World Hijab Day has become a global phenomenon.

Bringing together women and men from all different backgrounds and religions in the hope of understanding and celebrating our differences, for this year’s World Hijab Day, we bring you some of our best articles on hijab, the experience and lives of Muslim women around the world, and equality in our society today. Happy reading!

1. Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Hijab

Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Hijab

This article explores the heavy reality of discrimination that many Muslim women who wear the hijab face in the West today, and how these experiences can in turn help empower Muslim women in reclaiming their narrative and identity.

2. What My Hijab Has Taught Me As A ‘Born-Again’ Muslim

What My Hijab Has Taught Me As A ‘Born-Again’ Muslim

In a personal account of rediscovering her faith, this article is a powerful testament to the strength of Muslim women everywhere who both struggle with and love their hijab.

3. But Why Is The Hijab So Special? A Look at a New Children’s Book on Hijab and Coming of Age

But Why Is The Hijab So Special? A Look at a New Children’s Book on Hijab and Coming of Age

In this interview, TMV sat down with author Sahar Jaber to discuss her groundbreaking new children’s book on hijab, the importance of having those deeper conversations with your children, and the future of hijab for Muslim children growing up in Western society.

4. “I Went Wrong”: Fashion Model Halima Aden Opens Up About Reconnecting to Hijab on Social Media

“I Went Wrong”: Fashion Model Halima Aden Opens Up About Reconnecting to Hijab on Social Media

In a story that caused both shock and admiration, famous model Halima Aden’s public decision to step away from fashion modeling to reconnect with her hijab and faith touched the hearts of many – and reminded us all of the importance of protecting what we hold most dear in the face of this materialistic world.

5. Female Muslim Empowerment: Post-colonialism, Feminism, and the Hijab

Female Muslim empowerment: Post-colonialism, feminism, and the hijab

In a much-needed discussion on female empowerment and the hijab, this article takes a look at one of TMV’s most popular podcasts with Suhaiymah, aka The Brown Hijabi, and Ishtar Al-Shamman on the legacy of colonialism, how we need to address the harmful effects of focusing too much on the physical hijab, and what feminism means today.

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6. Hijab Does Not A Muslim Make

Hijab Does Not A Muslim Make

In a powerful essay on reclaiming the narrative of hijab, this author looks into the deeper aspects of what it means to wear the physical hijab today and what it says about our faith.

7. 7 Universal Truths I Learnt Whilst Travelling the World in a Hijab

7 universal truths I learnt whilst travelling the world in a hijab

This article takes a look at the different experiences a woman wearing hijab has encountered while traveling the world – and what it means about the similarities, rather than differences, we share as human beings.

8. I Wear Hijab as a Feminist Stance

I Wear Hijab as a Feminist Stance

In a world that continuously attempts to sexualize and belittle the bodies and lives of women, this article looks into the empowering aspects of the hijab and what it means for Muslim women around the world.

9. Why I Don’t Need to be ‘Liberated’ From Hijab

Why I don’t need to be ‘liberated’ from hijab

Looking at the hijab as a way of life and not just a fashion statement, this article delves into the deeper meanings behind why a woman might choose to wear the physical hijab.

10. Are Hijab-Wearing Muslim Women Discriminated Against in the Workplace?

Are Hijab-Wearing Muslim Women Discriminated Against in the Workplace?

A fascinating (and disturbing) study on the discrimination Muslim women who wear the hijab face in the workplace – and how organizations across the board must change in order to better represent and support our diverse communities and individuals today.

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