Michelle Obama's Bare Hair in Saudi Arabia Isn't a Real Controversy 

President Obama and the First Lady visited Saudi Arabia this week to pay their respects after the death of King Abdullah. Predictably, that ignited controversy: Abdullah presided over some tentative human rights reforms, but Saudia Arabia also has a brutal history of executing homosexuals, abusing migrant workers,… » 1/28/15 12:10pm 1/28/15 12:10pm

Hijab-Wearing Lady Draws Herself As Different Marvel Superheroes

Nour Saleh wears a hijab, so when she recently took up a Tumblr challenge to draw herself as different fictional characters, she incorporated a headscarf into various superhero designs—often with very clever results. » 7/03/14 10:30am 7/03/14 10:30am

​Iranian Journalist Target of False Rape Smear Campaign

About five weeks ago, Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist living in London, created a Facebook page entitled My Stealthy Freedom, encouraging women to Iranian women to submit pictures of themselves without wearing their mandatory hijab. The bold page is meant to challenge the idea of compulsory traditional dress,… » 6/07/14 12:30pm 6/07/14 12:30pm

Muslim Wonder Woman redesign puts Diana in a headscarf

Artist flowercrownprincess envisions Wonder Woman as a hijab-wearing Muslim superhero, who is ready to battle evil in both armor and a headscarf. » 2/17/14 3:20pm 2/17/14 3:20pm

A Hijab Doesn't Automatically Make a Woman Into a Symbol

In the post 9/11 world, where everyone loves to fall back on a clash of the civilizations explanation for Why We Don't Get Along with "The Muslim World," one group of people tend to get a lot of attention in the midst of the cultural debate: veiled women. They have become the focal point of countless debates on… » 6/26/13 1:40pm 6/26/13 1:40pm

World Hijab Day Has Got It All Wrong

Just in case y'all were wondering, today is "World Hijab Day," a day meant to celebrate a woman's right to wear hijab. First created back in 2004 in response to the start of Sarkozy's war on covered ladies in France, it has become a day to make a statement against bans on veiling — particularly in the West. » 9/04/12 6:15pm 9/04/12 6:15pm

Muslim Woman Sues for Hijabs to Be Part of the Disney ‘Look’

Some of you may remember former Disneyland employee Imane Boudlal, who filed a discrimination complaint two years ago against the magical amusement park for saying she couldn't wear a hijab during Ramadan because the hijab, you understand, isn't part of Disney's "look." Actually, according to a Disney spokeswoman,… » 8/14/12 11:00am 8/14/12 11:00am

Saudi Judo Champion Will Wear Special, Ass-Kicking Hijab During Olympic…

Saudi judo champion Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani will wear a hijab after all when she takes part in the Olympic Judo competition. A Saudi National Olympic Committee spokeswoman said that the IOC and the International Judo Federation had settled on a version of the headscarf for Shaherkani to wear that was… » 7/31/12 12:10pm 7/31/12 12:10pm

Iran’s Morality Police Raids Coffee Shops, Spoils Everyone’s…

The growing trend for Iranian women to wear Western fashions prompted Iran's reactionary "morality police" to raid 87 coffee shops on Saturday. Tehran police official Alireza Mehrabi explained that the coffee shops "were shut for not following Islamic values, providing hookah to women, and lacking proper licenses,"… » 7/22/12 4:30pm 7/22/12 4:30pm

Meet The Normal, Slightly Boring Folks Of All-American Muslim

TLC draws in viewers by offering a glimpse into the lives of unusual people. There are the Duggars, Freaky Eaters, Hoarding: Buried Alive, The Little Couple, the saving-obsessed ladies of Extreme Couponing, and, of course, the makeup-spackled youngsters of Toddlers & Tiaras. But last night, All-American Muslim » 11/14/11 12:30pm 11/14/11 12:30pm

Supreme Court Allows Woman To Sue Jail For Hijab Removal

In 2006, Souhair Khatib went to a jail in Orange County, California to ask for more time to complete her community service. She wound up being jailed for several hours, and deputies made her take off her hijab, though she told them it's against her religious beliefs to remove her head scarf in public. Her case was… » 10/03/11 10:26pm 10/03/11 10:26pm

Girl Charged In Hijab Hate Crime

The Staten Island boy charged with a hate crime for trying to rip off a classmate's hijab apparently had an accomplice — a 13-year-old girl also charged with a hate crime. The girl — and her school — have a history of infractions. » 4/05/11 9:45am 4/05/11 9:45am

Boy Tries To Rip Off Girl's Hijab, Faces Hate Crime Charges

A 12-year-old Staten Island boy has been charged with a hate crime for attacking a girl and trying to rip off her hijab. But his school apparently tried hard to get police to drop charges. » 3/31/11 12:45pm 3/31/11 12:45pm

Sports' Totally Unnecessary Hijab Drama

Recently, Maryland seventh-grader Maheen Haq was forced to sit out during the first half of her basketball game, after league officials cited concerns over her hijab as a safety hazard. » 1/24/11 4:09pm 1/24/11 4:09pm

Woman Sues Over Hijab Arrest

A woman who was arrested for refusing to take off her hijab at a Georgia courthouse is suing. She says, ""I hope that no person of faith will ever have to experience the type of egregious treatment I suffered." » 12/14/10 6:20pm 12/14/10 6:20pm

Australian Court Rules Witness Must Remove Her Veil

An Australian court has ruled that a woman cannot wear her niqab to testify in court — but the decision may be more about prejudice than legal necessity. » 8/19/10 11:57am 8/19/10 11:57am

Disneyland Employee Files Complaint Over No-Hijab Rule

A Muslim woman announced today that she'll be filing a discrimination complaint against Disneyland because her bosses there sent her home for wearing her hijab. » 8/18/10 5:12pm 8/18/10 5:12pm

Your Complete Guide To Bad Burqa Puns

Every time news about another hijab/niqab/burqa ban hits the press, editors rejoice: this is their chance to coin THE ultimate veil pun. Problem is, there's simply no such thing as a good veil pun. » 7/19/10 2:25pm 7/19/10 2:25pm

American Beauty: A Brief History Of Abercrombie's Hiring Practices

An Abercrombie & Fitch employee in northern California is alleging she was fired for refusing to remove her hijab, or headscarf marking her Muslim observance. Abercrombie's pursuit of a homogeneous army of "perfect" employees appears to have snared it again! » 2/25/10 11:00am 2/25/10 11:00am