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Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion

 
Artbound's editorial team has reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. After putting two articles up for a vote, the audience chose this article to be made into a short-format documentary.

Hijabista. The word -- which fuses "hijab" and "fashionista" -- gained traction a few years ago when young Muslim women around the world realized they could follow the Islamic rules for modest dressing without stifling their need for creative expression. The word "hijab" literally means veil -- but when you say hijab, it doesn't necessarily mean the veil a woman wears over her head, although "hijab" is used to describe the head scarf as well. Generally, however, "hijab" means veil in the sense of donning a modest demeanor internally and externally. Islam requires women to loosely cover every part of their body except for their hands, feet and face, revealing very little of the body. There are variations in the way these Islamic tenets are interpreted, depending on which part of the world you live. In the Arab Gulf region, scarves are worn in the Khaleeji style -- loosely, and big. Egyptian women wrap multiple scarves around their heads to create a multicolored look. In Afghanistan, women wear the burqa, which covers every part of a woman's body except the eyes.

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