Under One Sky: Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab

Jennifer Kawaja uses Muslim women in Toronto and Montreal as a starting point to investigate the meaning of the hijab, or veil. Not required by the Koran, the veil has taken on different meanings depending on context: it was a sign of female oppression to British colonialists (who meanwhile opposed women's suffrage at home) but an assertion of nationalism toward the French occupying Algeria, and to some Canadian women it's now an assertion of cultural identity. At different times and for different reasons, some Arab states have forced women to wear veils while others have torn them away, making women's bodies, as one speaker states, a battlefield. 44 min.

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