Social experiment: Hijab Project (Image: Shutterstock)
I recently launched the The Hijab Project at www.thehijabproject.org.
The Hijab Project encourages young women, particularly non-Muslim, to perform a social experiment: wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, to the mall, school, or other public place and then share their experience on my website.
I hope to eliminate the gap of ignorance that exists between Muslim and non-Muslim women, as well as to promote the understanding of a growing and often misunderstood religion.
My project has been a global success. I now use the worldwide connections I have made through my project to teach the English language to kids in different countries – Afghanistan, Sri Lanka,Egypt and the Philippines.
Amara Majeed, USA, via email