Essay on Muslim Women : Gender, Religion, Ethnicity, And Ethnicity

1283 Words May 14th, 2016 null Page
Muslim women in America are constantly reminded of their intersectionality on a daily basis. They are marginalized due to their gender, religion and ethnicity, and in addition, Africa-American, Muslim women are also subjected to racism. Furthermore, these Muslim African-American are torn between relating to their religious brothers and sisters or to their ethnic peers. In addition to these obstacles, Muslim women must deal with the public’s perception which views them as terrorists, which is propogated by the media’s coverage. Muslim women are at the intersection between gender, religion, ethnicity and race, and are constantly marginalized by American society.
Today, now more than ever, young Muslim women “struggle with the culturally determined narrative of women in Islam and religious spaces, issues related to the observance of hijab, and the internalization of beauty standards” (Ahmed). This intersection of gender, religion and ethnicity, creates issues which Muslim women face only a daily basis. These Americans are constantly barraged with comments that vacillate between being called oppressed or labeled a terrorist, all due to a simple piece of clothing; the hijab. Interestingly, it is hard to imagine a devout Catholic or Baptist, who wears a hat to services, being subjected to the same remarks. Nevertheless, Muslim American women are often asked why they wear a hijab and or if they feel oppressed by it? Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social…

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