The Hijab Diaries

The Hijab Diaries

In her series ‘The Hijab Diaries’, Thaiba sets out to break the negative misconceptions and myths about Muslim women who wear the hijab. She captures Muslim women against dramatic landscapes with bold stance and expression to reframe the image of hijab, challenging the negative myths and misconceptions made about veiled women.

 

Hijab has evolved into much more than the modesty symbol that it was intended to be. It has been portrayed as oppression and subjugation of Muslim women. Society has become increasingly disconnected from the true meaning of hijab. 

 

These series of images show Muslim women in a true, strong, and authentic light - to emphasise that wearing a hijab is never a symbol of oppression, but rather empowering, honourable, and freeing.

 

“People frequently label a veiled woman as ‘oppressed’ and dismiss her as bereft of power and authenticity. The way Muslim women have been depicted in the media is as oppressive to a hijabi,” the artist said. “I believe that the admiration and gratitude for hijab and the power it holds is inherited in us all but tends to get subdued by the ever-growing politics and cultural ideologies. Through my photographs I portray the truth, and personal experience of a veiled Muslim woman. Creating peaceful, yet powerful, strong, and liberating images that break the negative narratives of the hijab.” 

 

Thaiba concluded, “With my artwork I aim to provoke thought and engage the audiences intellectually - completely busting and breaking the misconceptions of Muslim women wearing the hijab. I’m interested in creating lasting and powerful photographs that will live on as a source of ongoing empowerment, strength, grace, and liberation for not only Muslim women, but women of all faiths.” 

- Thaiba Mahmood

Maysoon Shafiq
Maysoon Shafiq

Maysoon Shafiq is the founder and director of Al Mu’Minun (The Believers), a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving youth through open spaces of spirituality, dialogue, and empowerment.

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Maysoon Shafiq
Maysoon Shafiq

One of Maysoons biggest achievements to date is publishing her own book ‘First Steps in Understanding Islam’. This book gives the reader a thorough and succinct overview of Islam, the articles of religion, and the connection between man and Satan. The book is essential reading for anybody who is new to Islam or wants to learn more about the faith.

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Maysoon Shafiq
Maysoon Shafiq

Maysoon Shafiq is the founder and director of Al Mu’Minun (The Believers), a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving youth through open spaces of spirituality, dialogue, and empowerment.

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