Title

Cultural Posturing and Religious Assimilation

Lead Author Major

Philosophy

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Eleanor Wittrup

Faculty Mentor Department

Philosophy

Abstract/Artist Statement

The purpose of this project is to show how “newaged” Muslim women continue to wear the religious headscarf (hijab), but have began dressing more westernized, as an aim to make the hijab a more fashion forward accessory, rather than a religious emblem. From this project I will aim to find out what has motivated young women to take on these new trends and how their environments affect their decision. I will also attempt to uncover if there is a political aspect to the new trend, in addition to it being a social movement. I think that this project is important to offer some understanding about the nature and background of social movements such as the “mipsterz” (Muslim hipsters), and the new “hijabi” movement have flourished, in an attempt to establish whether or not these movements are a form of cultural relativism, appropriation, or assimilation into western society as Muslim hijab wearers navigate their roles in society.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

30-4-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2016 3:00 PM

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Cultural Posturing and Religious Assimilation

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

The purpose of this project is to show how “newaged” Muslim women continue to wear the religious headscarf (hijab), but have began dressing more westernized, as an aim to make the hijab a more fashion forward accessory, rather than a religious emblem. From this project I will aim to find out what has motivated young women to take on these new trends and how their environments affect their decision. I will also attempt to uncover if there is a political aspect to the new trend, in addition to it being a social movement. I think that this project is important to offer some understanding about the nature and background of social movements such as the “mipsterz” (Muslim hipsters), and the new “hijabi” movement have flourished, in an attempt to establish whether or not these movements are a form of cultural relativism, appropriation, or assimilation into western society as Muslim hijab wearers navigate their roles in society.