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Saturday 27 December 2014

Hijab Project: US teen invites women to join social experiment

Social experiment: Hijab Project (Image: Shutterstock)
Social experiment: Hijab Project (Image: Shutterstock)

I'm a 16 year old high school student and a Muslim in the United States.

I recently launched the The Hijab Project at www.thehijabproject.org.

The Hijab Project encourages young women, particularly non-Muslim, to perform a social experiment: wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, to the mall, school, or other public place and then share their experience on my website.

I hope to eliminate the gap of ignorance that exists between Muslim and non-Muslim women, as well as to promote the understanding of a growing and often misunderstood religion.

My project has been a global success. I now use the worldwide connections I have made through my project to teach the English language to kids in different countries - Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt and the Philippines.

Amara Majeed, USA, via email

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