About The Hijablog:
The Hijablog, one of the earliest Muslim style blogs, was started in the summer of 2008 by Imaan Ali as a result of her frustration with the lack of style inspiration available for the newly veiled. Kept up to date only for several months, The Hijablog nevertheless received great initial attention by international media, leading to interviews, radio show and talk show appearances, as well an offer to contribute to a Norwegian book project on the hijab.
Due to popular demand, The Hijablog is now back to stay. For the author, much has changed since the blog’s humble beginnings; both stylewise and lifestyle wise. Moving to a different continent, starting and completing an undergrad degree over the course of two years, only to continue on to doctoral studies, all while going through several style phases, some of them better forgotten, she again feels comfortable offering modest style inspiration.
A goal of this blog is to shatter two common stereotypes: that Muslim women are invisible beings behind their veils, and that academics necessarily must be colorless creatures lacking creativity – the dualism that expects one to either conform to the world of aesthetics or the world of ideas, no overlap permitted.
Imaan is based in Michigan, but divides her time between the US, Egypt, and Norway. Apart from blogging about her personal style, she is a PhD student of political science and an activist, concerned with issues including but not limited to Arab politics, society, and culture, Islam, and women’s rights. She has previously contributed to a Norwegian book project on the hijab, and continues to speak on topics close to her heart.
While the style presented is that of a veiled Muslim woman who is comfortable with her level of modesty, opinions on what “correct” hijab is (and whether hijab is even a requirement) are many and diverse, and people are bound to disagree with the blogger’s interpretation. Keep in mind, however, that The Hijablog is first and foremost a style inspiration blog, not a medium for pushing any specific religious agenda.
Please forward any questions, comments, or inquiries to thehijablog (AT) hotmail.com