They Call Me Muslim

February 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

I thought the video They Call Me Muslim from class today was very interesting.  The way two different sides of one religion were shown gave me some insight on how people in this religion live. 

The first side being from the students attending a university in France, they chose to where the Hijab and were never forced.  While on the other side, being from the perspective of a woman living in Iran, she was forced to where the Hijab when she was outside of her home.  I think that this movie shows how being forced to do something can lead to rebellion.  When the students had the choice to wear the Hijab and then forced to take it off in class, many quit school because they were in a way rebelling against what authority figures told them to do.  Then in Iran all woman are forced to wear the Hijab so women rebel by wearing the tighter fitting clothes and wearing a Hijab but not in the traditional way of covering the hair.

In my opinion I feel that woman of any religion should be able to wear what they want to.  I personally didn’t know a lot about the Muslim religion so I looked into what the Hijab symbolizes and it represents modesty, privacy, and morality.  The literal translation means curtain or cover.  It isn’t just about wearing a headscarf.  There is a whole principle behind it.  Woman should be able to choose whether they want to embrace it or find something else that suits them better.   

To me it seems as though people in Iran assume that just because you are of a certain color you are Muslim.  Just like the reading from essay 8, they talk about how everyone assumes that they are Islamic when in fact they are Muslim and that there are many different types of Muslim. The woman in the video who grew up with Muslim parents doesn’t take on the role of being Muslim.  She is forced to partake in something that men came up with because it is wrong for women to tempt men by not being modest.  I agree with her in the aspect that they should control their temptation and not hold women at a different standard.  The authority figures are all men and because of that I feel like they think it is easier to blame the woman and make them dress and act a different way.

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§ One Response to They Call Me Muslim

  • katielee87 says:

    I also thought it was interesting how two different “rules” on the hijab in two different countries led to two completely different ideas bout the hijab. It seems that, for the woman living in Iran, by forcing the women to wear the hijab it lost the sense of importance and value to the woman. Whereas, for the woman living in France, by making the concious choice to wear the hijab, the act was more meaningful and sacred to her. The culture is a big influence because in France, the government wanted to ban the hijab because they felt it represented the oppression of women, even though many Islamic women living there didn’t agree. In Iran it was the opposite.

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