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Stereotypes and Muslim Women: 10 am Monday on ‘Focus’

We talk to C-U native Mariam Sobh about wearing the hijab, and to a leading Arab cultures scholar about Muslim women today.

Mariam Sobh

Mariam Sobh

We’ll talk with Professor Miriam Cooke about how she got started studying Muslim women and their writing and why their writings are important. She’ll tell us about women who inspired the feminist movement in the Middle East and why it became important during the 1990s. Cooke is a professor of Arab cultures at Duke University and the director of the university’s Middle East Studies Center. She’s been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia and Qatar and is one of the foremost scholars on Islamic feminism and Arab culture.

Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Mariam Sobh. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Hijab Trendz, a fashion blog for Muslim women. Host Jim Meadows talks with Sobh about her decision to wear a hijab, what it means and how some Muslim women are choosing not to cover their hair.

What misconceptions about Islam you wish could be corrected? Do you wear a hijab? Maybe you choose not to. We want to hear from you. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter @Focus580 or online.