- What is the meaning of Hijab in British culture?
What is the meaning of Hijab in British culture?
The aim of this essay is to look at the meaning or meanings of
Hijab in British culture. As such this discussion will look at the
context of Hijab within Muslim cultures both in the past and today.
It will look at the feminist issues surrounding the adorning of the
Hijab both from the male and the female perspective, as well as
exploring the various meanings Hijab holds in the minds of
Before we can begin to understand the meaning of Hijab in
British culture we need to understand what it means and has meant
in Muslim cultures since that is where this particular form of
Many would argue that by desexualising themselves they are not
recognising themselves as women and as such cannot be oppressed,
yet at the same time not be appreciated as women. She has to deny
her femininity to feel like an equal and in order to do this she
must observe Hijab.
The fact is that it largely appears that the majority of British
citizens are being wrongly educated either through the media or
other sources about other cultures. The main issue here is that the
true meaning of Hijab is not fully understood and has perhaps been
lost amongst a lot of speculation and competing developing
cultures. The enclosed nature of Muslim communities has perhaps led
to the ill-education of non-Muslims about the customs of the Muslim
community and as such the meanings of things like Hijab have not
only been misinterpreted historically and culturally, but are also
numerous given the diversity of the British culture.