The Hijab and Islam’s Shieldmaidens:
The hijab signifies the higher statement of gendered humanity. The woman in hijab has, for quite some time now, found herself on the frontline in a war against the monoculture.
As traditional modesty is made to buckle under the pressures of modernity, the woman in hijab stands out either as a witness to revealed difference, or to her own charms. She stands out either as a witness to her life lived for God, or to identity politics and egotistical fashion statements.
The hijab is not just a symbol of freedom from the male gaze or concern, but also of freedom from being a sheepish slave to materialism and the death of meaning. And while she strives to guard and nurture her sense of modesty from modernity’s many intrusions of immodesty, the woman in hijab remains the great global sign of dissent. In this battle she must be helped, supported and thanked.
For a woman in hijab is a shieldmaiden of Islam.
**Below, pictures of English women in 1917, from Manchester and Burnley.