Hijab: Everyday Stories of Muslim Women from Singapore and Beyond
- About the Author
Hijab: Everyday Stories of Muslim Women from Singapore and Beyond is the latest book from Hidayah Amin, an award-winning author.
Hijab has got to be the most contested five-letter word for Muslim women in Singapore. The Muslim headscarf or tudung in Malay, is not a mere piece of clothing covering the head. Contrary to the stereotypical notion that veiled Muslim women are oppressed and backward, their stoic wearing of the hijab symbolises their freedom to exercise their religious beliefs and conviction. It is also a valiant display of faith, commitment and steeled determination, expressed in the face of cynicism, criticism and to some extent, discrimination. Why then do hijabis (women who wear the hijab) hold on strongly to their headscarves?
This book tells the stories of Muslim women who navigate the ever-changing geopolitical landscape, while proudly donning the hijab in private and public spaces.
In essence, the book captures the stories of 21 women who chose to wear the hijab and two non-Muslim women who shared about their experiences interacting with hijabis.
Educational for everyone, students, teachers and general public who will be introduced to the religious, governmental, societal and personal perspectives on the hijab as well as the different types of hijab worn by Muslim women around the world.
This book aims to promote an understanding about Muslim women and hijab and start meaningful conversations and dialogues about the topic.
Hidayah Amin is an award-winning and multi-lingual author. She has published English non-fiction books and children’s books since 2010. Some of her achievements:
• Leluhur: Singapore’s Kampong Gelam is the winner of the 2021 NUS Singapore History Prize.
• The Mango Tree is the winner of the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2015 and the Grand Prize winner of the Samsung KidsTime Author’s Award 2015. The Mango Tree was also shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2014 (English non-fiction).
• Bahasa: A Guide to Malay Languages was shortlisted for Singapore Book Awards 2018 (Best Non-Fiction Title).
• Malay Weddings Don’t Cost $50 and Other Facts of Malay Culture is one of the two finalists of the 2016 International Book Awards (‘Multicultural Non-Fiction’ category).
Hidayah received her master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and Lehigh University where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 150
Year Published: 2023