Naz Smyth on Hijab: To Ban or Not to Ban

As early as 2010, France has been in litigation over banning face coverings, wrote Naz Smyth on Hijab. That year, a law passed that face covering headgear such as masks, balaclavas, niqabs, and burkas were banned from the streets of France. Women would only wear full face veils if traveling in a private car or worshiping in a religious place. Arguments for the law say that it is unsafe to not be able to identify people with full face coverings, and that it is discriminating against women to for them to be forced to wear face coverings in public (New York Times). In 2016, shortly after the deadly Nice Attack, where a terrorist drove a semi-truck through a crowd on Bastille Day, tensions rose against [...]

April 22nd, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , , , |

Naz Smyth: “Fashion’s Haute Couture Empowering Muslim Women” by Naz Smyth

Naz Smyth: A shop assistant of the “Irada” confession fashion store, which specializes in female clothing and is popular among women including Muslim believers, works on the day marking Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bairam) in Moscow, Russia, September 24, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, camels and cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command. High fashion. Haute Couture. Runway models thin as rails adorned with provocative and revealing garments. Usually when one thinks about high-end runway fashion, these are the images that come to mind. Fashion has always been a reflection of society, and a reflection of a woman’s place in that society, on the [...]

April 12th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |

Naz Smyth:Hijab Gets Haute

Veils have always been a symbol of feminine beauty. Throughout history, in many cultures, veils have been incorporated in traditional clothing. As far back as the Byzantine Empire, women had used some kind of headscarf into their fashion. From the farthest east to the farthest west, veils have been worn as headdresses for all types of occasions. From wedding dresses to dance costumes, and from casual wear to formal, the image of fabric headdresses are no strangers to fashion. However, because of recent history, countries that forcibly make women wear headscarves, and radical Islam, the veil has gotten a bad rap. People tended to see the veil as a violation of women’s human rights, and a way to control them. Countries with Sharia law require [...]

April 12th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |