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Shabana Mir

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469610788

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469610801_Mir

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You Can't Really Look Normal and Dress Modestly

You Can't Really Look Normal and Dress Modestly

Muslim Women and Their Clothes on Campus

(p.87) 4 You Can't Really Look Normal and Dress Modestly
Muslim American Women on Campus

Shabana Mir

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the role that clothes, including hijab, play in how Muslim American women construct identities and are perceived by their peers. It illustrates how study participants engaged via clothing with the religiosity, hyperfemininity, exoticism, and otherness inscribed on them; how they used clothing to construct normal and hybrid Muslim American identities; and how they often even constructed identities to match the hyper-Islamic images they saw in the house of mirrors that surrounded them.

Keywords:   female college students, Muslim women, clothing, hijab, identity construction

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