Stereotypes Of Muslim Women In Islam

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When the twin towers crumbled towards the ground on September 11, 2001, the lives of Muslim women who wore hijabs in America drastically changed. Fifteen years went by and Sahar Aziz reminds us that the issues of discrimination are still present by bringing to our attention that “After September 11, 2001, the stereotype of Muslim women as terrorists, coconspirators, or aiders and abettors to their male terrorist family members has superseded the stereotype that they are oppressed, subjugated, infantile beings, without individual agency who need to be saved by upper-middle-class white American women” (390). We learn from Aziz that America views women of Islam as terrorists, conspirators, oppressed, and subjugated while it is also mentioned that these women need saving by upper-middle-class white American women. Muslim women who wear a hijab, niqaab, or burqa today, are judged and feared because they are identified as violent, threatening, and a symbol for terrorism. The …show more content…
This assumption is absolutely incorrect and the perfect example to prove this is that “Elizabeth was a sixty-year-old, African American woman who converted to Islam some twenty years ago through the Nation of Islam” (Kramer and Mohibullah 107). Elizabeth became a Muslim woman by making the decision on her own and this also shows that not all Muslim women are of the same skin color like most people think. She converted and began wearing a hijab to curve any sexual harassment and if men would still look at her in a sexual way, then she had the peace of mind believing that it wasn’t because of her, but because of them (108). There was another woman mentioned in this article who began wearing a

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