The debate about Islamic dress such as hijab and head scarfs has fascinated political and fashion publications alike. Popular culture and political magazine Slate published a piece called “Hijab Chic” by Asra Nomani.* Nomani writes about American interpretations of hijab fashion (as does videoblogger Baba Ali and Tariq Ramadan). Her experience at a retail store for so-called “conservative religious women” reveals retailers as reinterpreting the veil to mean an important commercial opportunity. In presenting the view from a non-religious setting (at a fashion show) Nomani points out that in understanding the veil, what is revealed is insight into the people doing the interpreting.
The Muslim West Facts Project is an initiative between the Coexist Foundation and the Gallup Organization. Through statistical surveys and reports, the effort aims to measure and spread evidence of the diversity of Muslim voices from around the world. The project is part of the Gallup World Poll, a collection of indicators of the well-being of all 6 billion world citizens.
UPDATE: the Muslims in the Media show was changed to October 29, 2008. Reza Aslan will also join Here on Earth host Jean Feraca for the show.
Baba Ali is Co-founder of Ummah Films, a Muslim film company, Ali works to create Halaal or “Islamically permissible” entertainment, including a videoblog called “The Reminder Series.” Ali videoblogs on YouTube and on the Ummah Films site about Islam and Muslim culture under the alias Baba Ali. He lives and broadcasts from Los Angeles, CA.
Photo: New York Times, Neil Macfarquar