Islam is not a culture– it is a religion. Muslims are not a race– they are believers of Islam. Muslim women are not oppressed– they are liberated.
Misconceptions are commonly circulated about traditional Islamic dress and what it means. Muslim students at UTSA speak about the different Islamic clothing they choose to wear and what it means to them.
"Simply plain ignorance," says Jasmin Ali, UTHSC pre-med junior, "has misled westerners to believe that Muslim women are oppressed." Ali was born Muslim, but her family converted before her birth. As a Muslim-American woman, she understands the struggles of Muslim women in western society and culture.