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US Students Look Beyond Muslims' Veil

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The Muslim Student Association (MSA) will host a lecture and questions and answers session to address misconceptions surrounding hijab.

CAIRO – Correcting images and perceptions of the Muslim women in US, Muslims students at Kentucky University will host a seminar that aims at defying misconceptions about Islam and modern veiled women.

“Everyone thinks that women are oppressed. That we don’t have a voice, and that our faith treats women poorly,” Shumyla Azeem, a development and diplomacy graduate student, told Kentucky Kernel on Wednesday, November 13.

“Some people are ignorant to this religion and hear superficial facts and go on that.”

Hijab: What’s It All About?

Under the title “Beyond the Veil: The Modern Age and Muslim Women,” the Muslim Student Association (MSA) will host a lecture and questions and answers session to address misconceptions surrounding hijab.

Held in the Memorial Hall on Thursday, the lecture key speaker will be Dr. Suzy Ismail, a professor at DeVry University.

Dr. Ismail's lecture will tackle the perceptions the media and people have about Muslim women, opening a discussion to correct them.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.

A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.


Speaking about the topic of the lecture, Azeem, the Kentucky student, noted that the lack of understanding of hijab ends with negative attitude towards it.

"The fact of wearing a headscarf is seen as a symbol of oppression, but it’s actually supposed to remove the value of physical beauty and exhibits modesty,” she said.

“It’s the idea of being respected for things besides beauty.”

She also criticized the stereotyped image of Muslim women which assumes that Muslim men are superior to women.

“A big misconception is that women are less than men, and that’s not true,” Azeem said.

“Women are allowed to work and are free to make decisions for themselves.”

Aiming to change the negative image that some people have about Islam, Azeem advised other faiths to read about Islam for better understating.

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