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Muslim Teen Proposes a First: Headscarf Emojis

Rayouf Alhumedhi, 15, had nothing to represent herself online

(Newser) - When 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi went searching for an emoji to express herself in a group chat room, she came up short. So the Berlin teen chose to create a symbol—the hijab, or headscarf—that has ignited a debate in Europe and beyond about religious freedom, multiculturalism, and women's... More »

Police Forces in 2 Countries Embrace the Hijab

Mounties, Scottish police want more Muslim women to join up

(Newser) - While cops in France crack down on burkinis , police forces in two other countries have decided to embrace the hijab. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have decided to allow female officers to wear a hijab while on duty in a bid to encourage diversity among the Mounties, the Independent reports.... More »

Muslim-American Fencer Makes History With Medal

Ibtihaj Muhammad is first US Olympian compete in hijab

(Newser) - US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Olympics determined to show the world that sports is a place where Muslim-American women can excel. Muhammad will return to New Jersey with proof that she was right. The AP reports Muhammad, who became the first US Olympian to wear a hijab... More »

Fencer in Hijab Makes History for Team USA

Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to inspire change

(Newser) - At age 12, Ibtihaj Muhammad chose to learn fencing because she considered it the easiest sport in which she could compete while wearing a hijab. Eighteen years later, she's made history as Team USA's first hijab-wearing Olympian, reports the BBC . The 30-year-old former world champion, ranked eighth in... More »

Military College: Leave Your Hijab at Home

Student considering legal options, says CAIR rep

(Newser) - One of the nation's oldest military colleges has denied a Muslim student's request to wear a hijab over concerns about a lack of "uniformity." The president of the Citadel in South Carolina says "the standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions, and privileges is... More »

SXSW: Sorry We Asked US Fencer to Take Off Hijab

Ibtihaj Muhammad set to become first American to compete in hijab in Olympics

(Newser) - South By Southwest is quickly walking backward after a volunteer asked US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad—the first American who will compete in the Olympics in a hijab—to remove her hijab to have an ID badge photo taken, reports NBC News . "I can't make this stuff up,"... More »

Fashion House Woos 'Next Big Untapped' Market: Muslims

Dolce & Gabbana is out with designer hijabs and abayas

(Newser) - In what Clare O'Connor of Forbes calls "its smartest move in years," fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is dipping in to a market with massive potential: Muslim fashion. D&G has launched its first collection of abayas and hijabs for the Middle Eastern luxury goods market. While... More »

Christian Prof Suspended After Wearing Hijab

She's doing it to show support for Muslims

(Newser) - A tenured Christian professor at Wheaton College in Illinois has been placed on administrative leave after she started wearing a headscarf as a show of solidarity with Muslims, the Chicago Tribune reports. Larycia Hawkins says she plans on keeping the hijab on until Christmas as part of her Advent worship,... More »

Unveiled Anchorwoman Riles Saudi Conservatives

Saudi TV spokesman says such a 'transgression' will not happen again

(Newser) - An unidentified journalist recently broke from Saudi tradition when she read the news on a Saudi TV channel called Al Ekhbariya without covering her face with a hijab, leading some conservative viewers to take to social media to condemn the station for the "transgression." Saudi radio and TV... More »

Abercrombie Loses Muslim Headscarf Suit

Chain was wrong to fire worker, judge rules

(Newser) - More controversy for Abercrombie & Fitch: A Muslim stockroom worker fired for wearing a headscarf has won her anti-discrimination case against the clothing chain, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A federal judge ruled the chain violated the religious rights of the woman and there was no "credible evidence" to... More »

Egypt Teacher Cut Hair of Girls Without Headscarves

Science teacher fired after dad complains

(Newser) - An Egyptian science teacher has been fired after she cut the hair of two 12-year-old girls in her classroom for not wearing Islamic headscarves. The father of one of the girls filed a complaint with a local prosecutor earlier this month, and a women's group argued that it was... More »

Egypt Agog as Hijab Debuts on State TV

Muslim Brotherhood seen as flexing muscle over secular state media

(Newser) - A female news anchor on one of Egypt's state-run television stations read the news yesterday while wearing a hijab, a first after a decades-long de facto ban on the Islamic head covering, reports the New York Times . While veiled women are common on many of Egypt's satellite and... More »

Saudi Will Wear Hijab in Judo Competition

Olympics gives go-ahead after judo teen's dad insists

(Newser) - Saudi officials have won the go-ahead from the International Olympic Committee for a female athlete to wear a hijab in the judo competition. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, 16, had signed an agreement with Saudi officials that she would only compete if she could wear "correct and approved" clothing... More »

Saudi Woman May Withdraw From Games Over Hijab Ban

Shaherkani will withdraw from judo match if not allowed to wear headscarf

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia made history by sending two female athletes to the Olympics this year—but that number could drop to one if a judoka is not allowed to wear a hijab during her judo bouts. The International Judo Federation president said last week that Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani will... More »

Saudi Woman Competing at Olympics Without Hijab

Decision will likely be controversial

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is sending women to the Olympics for the first time—and at least one of them, a judo competitor, won’t be wearing a traditional Islamic headscarf while competing. Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani "will fight according to the principle and spirit of judo, so without a... More »

Saudis Allowing Women to Compete in Olympics

Women will wear 'sport hijabs' covering hair, but not face

(Newser) - Whoah. Saudi Arabia has decided to allow female athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time in history. The move ends speculation that the country might have faced banishment from the London Olympics for gender discrimination. The only female competitor currently up to Olympic standards is show jumper... More »

'Princess Hijab' Graffitis Paris Metro

Arresting manipulation ignites debate

(Newser) - While France was debating its burka ban, graffiti artist "Princess Hijab" continued her jolting work covering up women—and men—in Paris metro ads with painted veils. The mysterious artist covers faces and sometimes entire bodies in black. She has dodged easy classification in decidedly elusive interviews, and it's... More »

Iranian Clerks Warned to Dress Mannequins in Hijabs

Shopkeepers also told to hide curves

(Newser) - Iranian shopkeepers have been ordered to dress female mannequins in Muslim hijab head scarves,  and to keep any curves strictly under wraps, reports the BBC. The edict is part of a continuing crackdown on "Western style" dress. The sale of bowties and neck ties, as well as the... More »

Thousands in Egypt Mourn 'Headscarf Martyr'

Woman stabbed in German courtroom during hearing on religious insult

(Newser) - Thousands gathered in Alexandria today for the funeral of Marwa Sherbini, a pregnant Egyptian woman killed in a German courtroom last week by a man convicted of insulting her religion, the AP reports. Sherbini, 32, was stabbed 18 times by a man identified only as Axel W, 28. They were... More »

US Judge Busts Muslim Woman for Wearing Hijab

She's held in contempt for refusing to remove head covering

(Newser) - A Muslim woman was briefly jailed by a Georgia judge for refusing to take off her head-covering hijab in court, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman was arrested for contempt, and ordered held for 10 days—but was released after several hours. She had been in court with her nephew,... More »

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