The hijab is a contentious garment for Muslim women, its use or non-use intimately bound up in complex questions of faith, self-identity and religious (or even secular) politics. It provokes furious headlines and controversy all over the world, yet it co-exists in the world of fashion just as much as it does in the world of religious geopolitics: for every hardline view on the hijab, there is a hip hijab worn as both religious and fashion statement.
Our panel of Muslim women all have different relationships with the hijab and have made different choices around wearing it. Their discussion will take in the varying perceptions of the hijab in society and amongst Muslim women.
Our panellists include journalist and commentator Remona Aly; award winning columnist and author of ‘Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution’ Mona Eltahawy; Mariah Idrissi, who recently featured in Hijab in H&M’s Close the Loop campaign and Ayisha Malik, who’s debut novel ‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’ is out now.