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Ankit Patel 8-10-11 Prof. Marin Soc 106 Research Paper on Culture 1. Topic: Cultural Differences 2. Define the Problem: How does the American culture of dressing affect the Muslim women who already live in the United States? 3. Literature Review: 3.1 : Williams, Rhys H., and Gira Vashi. "Hijab and American Muslim Women: Creating the Space for Autonomous Selves." Sociology of Religion 68.3 (2007): 269-287. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 8 Aug. 2011 From this source, I have learned that many Islamic religious practices are subject to change and are adapted into a new culture within the United States. The Hijab, or the veil worn by Muslim women shows this adaptation. To Americans, this veil is a two folded culture. One side of it is that it shows that by wear a Hijab, Muslim women do not have equal rights. The second point of view from the Muslims, is that Americans are too liberal with their culture of individualism and materialism. For Muslim Americans, they see consequences in wearing the Hijab or veil. The veil establishes a social and religious identity for the individual. The Hijab causes a gap for this identity to develop for Muslim American Women. As more and more Muslim Americans arrive in this country, more women are looking towards the American way of living rather than wearing the veil. Some women claim that the veil is a sign of oppression. However, many Muslim women wear the Hijab by choice even when discouraged to by their parents. Again, the reason for this is the cultural and religious identity developed. It has become a visual problem for America though. This is because the American culture only can see the veil as a symbol of oppression and looking down upon Muslim women, when in reality there is more culture to it. They wear the Hijab to be part of both cultural worlds, the American and the Muslim community. It has become obvious that this simple veil worn on the head is a gateway for Muslim women to form the type of person they are.
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3.2 : Kelly, Marjorie. "Clothes, Culture, and Context: Female Dress in Kuwait." Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture 14.2 (2010): 215-236. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 8 Aug. 2011 In this article, women who immigrate from the Middle East in Kuwait get evaluated on their changes in style of clothing to be more formal in the American society. It is quoted that “We celebrate the balance struck in between abayas and skirts.” This meaning that Muslim women are free to choose whatever they feel comfortable in wearing. An abayas is a long black robe that conceals them when they are at home in doors, but under that they can wear jeans, shorts, etc. if they are going to a formal event of some sort. This shows that the hold that Muslim women have is a little lighter now and they're allowed
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