WARNING: Those who think they know what’s best for Muslim women might want to avoid this article for fear of cognitive dissonance.
A quote from the article:
“The women have sort of become the banner of Islam,” said Haddad, co-author of Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today. “The little scarf is saying, ‘I am Muslim, and I have a presence here.’”
And this anecdote:
Nadia…did not cover for most of her life. She said she first started wearing the hijab in college after studying Islam more closely and growing closer to her faith.
She added the niqab to her wardrobe after about a year. She says the decision came after a conversation with other Muslim women who covered.
“When I actually got to know them [the women], I understood that they were intelligent people still and they were still full of life and had their own character,” she said. “It didn’t take away from them. But what it added to them, to me, was this increased love for the creator.”
She says that, contrary to the common misconception of Muslim women being forced to cover, her husband, who’d converted to Islam, had nothing to do with her decision.