The Hijab Presentation

    February 26, 2020

    Any questions students, faculty and staff may have had about hijabs were answered at The Hijab, an event sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department.

    The event kicked off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Kane Forum. Before the presentation began, audience members were encouraged to answer survey questions and test their knowledge of hijabs.

    Khadiga AboBakr led the main discussion. AboBakr is a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Egypt. She started teaching Arabic classes at the university during the fall 2019 semester. This semester, she teaches two Arabic courses: Intermediate Arabic II and Advanced Arabic II.

    Throughout her presentation, AboBakr shared videos that detailed why women wear hijabs.

    “I wear it because it makes me feel beautiful,” one of AboBakr’s friends shared, “I’m the one that makes the decision to wear the hijab. I’m not forced to do it.”

    AboBakr also discussed common misconceptions people have about hijabs, the different rules that come with wearing a hijab, how to greet a woman wearing a hijab as well as her experience wearing a hijab.

    At the end of her presentation, AboBakr opened the floor to questions. Then, audience members were offered the chance to try on a hijab. AboBakr brought an assortment of her favorite hijabs to share with the audience. The event wrapped up by 7 p.m.

    If you have any questions about the World Languages and Cultures Department’s Arabic program or are interested in learning about other cultural events offered by the department, be sure to check out the department’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or email Hannah Jackson at

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