Friday, February 02, 2007

Non-Muslim students experience a day 'Behind the Veil'

Technician Online reported As participants in "Behind the Veil," 28 non-Muslim female students

At North Carolina State University
learned about life as Muslim women as they wore head dresses, or hijabs, on Wednesday.
Will they also spend a day learning about life as a Christian woman, or a Jewish woman?????
"Behind the Veil," an event Sara Yasin, a junior in textile and apparel management, said she thought up last summer, invited students to experience firsthand the life of Muslim women by mirroring their attire for a day, which includes covering their hair and entire bodies minus their faces
Why just the hijab? Why not wear a nijab, and just have a slit for them to see through.
and hands. Yasin encouraged participants to abide by Muslim guidelines, such as not eating pork or drinking alcohol when wearing the hijab.
Were they also forced to stay in their homes unless accompanied by a male relative?


Sara Yasin said...

this is sara yasin (person who organized behind the veil)

it was a cultural experience, seeing what it is like to have a physical covering. while a lot of other religions also have physical representations of their faith, the hijab is probably a very visible one (on our campus)

it was aimed at creating better understanding. As a muslim, I know it's important to reach out and talk to other people and explain what I am.

Also, I leave my house a lot without a male companion. I just came back from Mexico

Please let me know if you have any questions about the event. This is not a form of debate, just letting you know that I am looking for feedback.


Emily Hanhan said...

Hey there Donny boy!
I just wanted to let you know that I am a non-Muslim that participated in Behind The Veil, and it's just sad that you automatically assumed the extremist point of view about Muslims. The experience of wearing the hijab for a day impacted the way I percieved the Islamic faith. The veil isn't about female submission and weakness. For female Muslims to go around every day shouting out loud their beliefs, well that's about as strong as you can get.

And maybe this is just at NCSU, but the Muslim women have no shame to be who they are. Our community welcomes everyone, no matter if they wear a hijab, a niqab, or Abercrombie & Fitch. For me, the experience really helped me to understand just how strong in their faith these women are. Also, coming from a family of Palestinians and Americans, who are Greek Orthodox, this greatly helped me identify and strengthen my relationship with the Arab community.

Don Singleton said...

As I mentioned in my post, will you also spend a day learning about life as a Christian woman, or a Jewish woman?????

Xtine said...

Hey! This is Christine, Emily and Sara's friend.

Emily and Sara pretty much said enough. To answer your question, Emily and I are both Christian. You could say our whole life has been spent learning about life as Christian women. As far as Judiasm...I've got a keen interest in that as well, and have spent lots of personal time reading on that.

Neither Judiasm nor Christianity stir the controversy or pique interest as much as Islam though, and aren't as misunderstood, on the whole, by Westerners. That's one reason. Perhaps a better question might be "Why not spend a day as a woman in [pick a strife-ridden area of the world]?"

Sara Yasin said...


In reference to experiencing life as a jewish or a christian woman, I think those are important experiences as well.

I was born/raised in Raleigh, NC, and I have always been interested in learning about other cultures, etc. A large part of my education, in both private and public school has been looking at people different than myself and appreciating those differences.

I am from a Palestinian family, so as you could probably tell, I heard a very biased story about politics and culture. Personally, becoming really good friends with Israeli kids/Jewish kids made me relate to others better. This goes for my Christian friends too.

I have friends that are atheist, agnostic, southern baptist, methodist, catholic, jewish, buddhist, hindu, and the list goes on...I learn from all of them just as they learn about me. I have been to weddings, bible studies, hillel meetings, events at other places of worship.

that was why this event was so important to me. because i know from personal experience that a big part of learning about other people is experiencing the culture or important events.