Muslim women, the face of Islam in the West, are caught in between two contradictory stereotypes, submission to male hierarchy and a disruption of Western morality. In our present times the political rhetoric in the United States and the policing of beaches in France captures this dichotomy. Whether a Muslim woman veils, unveils, speaks or remains silent, she is politicized. Her existence in a globalized society inevitably invites the question of bridging together a Western Muslim identity, in particular an American Muslim identity.


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