Liz Bucar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and WGSS affiliated faculty, recently had her new book, Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress featured in The Washington Post. She delves into the world of Muslim dress, from fashion-centric to more body-conscious styles across the Islamic community. The variable definition of ‘hijab’ is addressed, as well as several accompanying trends, including specific methods of head-scarf wrapping. Bucar focuses her research on young Islamic women, but traveled to several different countries for her research, leading to variation in trends and data. For example, trendy fashion is paramount to women in Turkey, whereas in Iran the priority tends to be modesty, and concealment of one’s figure. In another variation of dress, Indonesian Muslims dress to cover the body yet hint at an hourglass figure without revealing skin.
Read more about Pious Fashion here.