Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

What is Hijab? – Hear from a Muslim Woman | Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Have you ever seen a Muslim woman in a headscarf? Have you ever wondered why she may wear one?

The hijab, or ‘veil’ is an expression of modesty and dignity, worn out of a desire to fulfill a commandment of God. However, it is not the only reason why a Muslim woman chooses to wear hijab. Contrary to popular belief that the hijab is a form of oppression, many Muslim women choose to wear it because they find hijab empowering and a crucial path to their success.

This World Hijab Day, Dr. Tesneem Alkiek explains what a hijab is, the purpose for wearing the hijab and whether or not these requirements apply to men too.

Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

Fellow, Director of Expanded Learning | Tesneem obtained her undergraduate degree in Early Christianity and Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Georgetown University with a focus on Islamic law. Tesneem currently serves as the Director of Expanded Learning where she works with her team to create curricula and other resources for communities to engage with Yaqeen’s research. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Rutgers University-Camden.