Hijab in America

Arab-American woman wearing a Niqab

An Arab-American woman wearing a Niqab (Banned in most European countries)


Palestinian college student wearing a headscarf

A Palestinian college student wearing a headscarf with no hair showing



Hijab & Blue Jeans

Hijab & Blue Jeans


Young Muslim American Women

Young Muslim American Women


Muslim students protesting on campus

Muslim students protesting on campus - UCLA


Shahla Sherkat (Iranian women's rights activist

Iranian women's rights activist delivering a speech in Beverly Hills


Iranian filmmakers with their guides outside the Freud Playhouse

Iranian filmmakers with their guides outside the Freud Playhouse - UCLA


Fatemeh Haghighatjoo: Former Iranian MP delivering a lecture at UCLA

Former Iranian MP delivering a lecture at UCLA


Fariba Davoodi Mohajer: Iranian women's rights activist at a lecture - UCLA

Iranian women's rights activist at a lecture - UCLA


The elegant and modern look

The elegant and modern look


A chic hat is an alternative to wearing a long scarf

A chic hat is an alternative to wearing a long scarf.


Shirin Ebadi

Progressive Muslim women often wear short hair instead of a hijab.


Nasrin Rahimieh

Feminist and professional women often opt for short hair.


Iranian-American woman

An Iranian-American woman at the Festival of Fire in LA


Iranian-American woman

Iranian-American women at the Nowruz Festival in LA



Wearing Scarves is fun & practical for elderly women

Wearing Scarves is fun & practical for elderly women



Iranian-American woman wearing a long headscarf

An Iranian-American woman wearing a long headscarf with some hair showing.



Iranian-American woman wearing a long headscarf & Sunglasses

Is this Tehran or Los Angeles? A young woman wearing a long headscarf & sunglasses


Armenian girls wearing traditional costume

Armenian girls wearing heavy makeup and traditional costume for a special occasion.


Iranian-American girls wearing head coverings

Iranian-American girls wearing very colorful costumes. Veiling is a
cultural practice that predates Islam. Head covering
worn with gold jewelry accentuate the beauty of women.


The stylish look with a turban

The stylish look with a turban



A young Muslim woman wearing a scarf

A young Muslim woman wearing a scarf and an extra headcovering



Conservative Muslim-American woman wearing dark all-black hijab in hot weather

A conservative Muslim woman wearing all-black hijab in hot weather



A young muslim woman wearing a purple scarf

A young Muslim woman wearing a purple scarf



A young muslim woman looking cool wearing a pink scarf

A young Muslim woman looking cool wearing a pink scarf



Discover Islam

Discover Islam



Young coeds interested in Islam

Young coeds interested in Islam - They will never cover up



Elderly muslim women often wear the veil in public

Elderly women often wear the veil in public for practical reasons (i.e. to cover bald spots)


A woman wearing the stylish French 'Beret' that covers most of the hair

A woman wearing the stylish French "Beret" that covers most of the hair



Iranian-American women with and without the veil

Iranian-American women with and without the veil


A scene from a comedy sketch at ISG culture Show - UCLA

A scene from a comedy sketch at ISG culture Show



Estonian traditional costume

A woman wearing the Estonian traditional costume



Woman wearing an American period costume

A woman wearing an American period costume



Woman wearing a French period costume

A woman wearing a French period costume. Hats went out of style after the French Revolution.



Greek-American girl wearing a scarf

A Greek-American girl wearing traditional costume


American college coed wearing a scarf

An American college coed wears a scarf with denim only to make a fashion statement.
On the other hand, devout Christian women wear head coverings to mass or on a regular basis.
A cowboy hat that covers all or parts of the hair is the Western tradition. People
also wear face-covering costumes during Halloween and Mardis Gras.


Young Women dressed up as Handmaids, Marketing for Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Young women dressed up as Handmaids



The sexy look with a pink scarf

The Veil & Curves: The sexy look with a pink scarf



Nigerian-American Saheela Ibraheem & President Obama and First Lady - Feb. 26, 2015, White House Photo

Nigerian-American Saheela Ibraheem with the President & First Lady in the White House Green Room



Secretary Kerry Speaks to a Group of Muslim Women Who Have Created Alternative Head Coverings for Women of Their Faith as he Tours Google Campus Madrid - October 19, 2015, USDOS Photo

Secretary Kerry & Muslim women wearing alternative head coverings



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Muslim American women at the State Department in Washington, D.C  - USDOS Photo (July 24, 2013)

Breaking the Taboo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with a young Muslim-American woman



A Girl Scout speaks at 'an interfaith Iftar reception to mark World Refugee Day at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia - USDOS Photo (June 20, 2016)

"A Girl Scout speaks at "an interfaith Iftar reception"



UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie Pitt (Angelina Jolie) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry present at an Interfaith Iftar Reception to Mark World Refugee Day - Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia - USDOS Photo (June 20, 2016)

UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie Pitt speaks at "an Interfaith Iftar Reception to Mark World Refugee Day"



President Obama visting a mosque in Baltimore - Feb. 3, 2016 White House Photo

President Obama visting a mosque in Baltimore




Notes
Here are excerpts from Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Belgium.


"The CEOOR and other NGOs reported that skin color and dress associated with Islam were the most important factors contributing to intolerance and discrimination, especially in the areas of housing, education, and employment. Muslim women who wore headscarves faced particular discrimination in professional-level employment."

"A national ban on wearing the full-face veil in public places came into effect, and there have been three known instances of the ban being enforced."



Muslims in the US face similar discrimination for wearing the veil. Yet, there is no ban on the burqa.

It's safe to wear the veil at school or public spaces in the US. But the job opportunities would be severely limited for those who choose to work in the private sector (i.e as a TV host or banking). Therefore, veiled women in the US often work in their own circle like most minority groups.

There are alternatives to wearing a scarf. Modern & liberated women may opt for very short hair or tying their long hair back instead of wearing the long scarf. Muslim women also have the option of wearing a knit hat or a cap which would cover all their hair. They would have fewer issues with this option. It's best not to flaunt your religious belief in public. After all, one's religion is a very private matter and need not to be disclosed to everyone.







Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion




Related Links
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EU workplace headscarf ban 'can be legal', says ECJ - BBC (March 14, 2017)
Munira Ahmed: the woman who became the face of the Trump resistance - The Guardian (January 23, 2017)
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Removing hijab, finding myself - CNN (November 11, 2015)
Linda Sarsour Is a Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab - NY Times (August 7, 2015)
All eyes on Noor: Local woman wants to be first hijabi anchor on American TV - WP (June 18, 2015)
US Muslim in Abercrombie hijab court win - BBC (June 1, 2015)
US Supreme Court appears in favour of headscarf claim - BBC (February 25, 2015)
American Hijab: Why My Scarf Is A Sociopolitical Statement, Not A Symbol Of My Religiosity - Xojane (November 3, 2014)
Behind the veil - The Economist (October 3, 2013)
Why I stopped wearing hijab - Salon (August 24, 2013)
Rima Fakih is first Muslim winner of Miss USA - The Guardian (May 17, 2010)
Wearing the Muslim veil in America: What it's like - CS Monitor (December 12. 2009)
Muslims barred from picture at Obama event - Politico (June 18, 2008)
Justice Dept. Seeks to Protect Student's Right to Wear Headscarf - WF (March 30, 2004)
Discrimination Against Muslim Women (ACLU)
Violence Against Muslims (Human Rights First)
Hijab in post revolutionary Iran
Iranian Traditional Costume
Iran Women


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