Nov. 13, 2006 issue – There’s a new fashion on college campuses, but it’s not one you’ll find at Abercrombie any time soon. It’s the higab, the traditional Muslim headscarf that denotes modesty and reverence to God, and it’s being worn by increasing numbers of young Muslim American women. . .

The trend comes amid a historic spike in anti-Muslim discrimination in the United States, and the higab has been the magnet for much of it. Since 9/11, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed over the right to wear higabs in the workplace and in photo IDs. “The higab is the walking symbol of Islam,” says Council on American-Islamic Relations legal director Arsalan Iftikhar, who authored a report documenting nearly 2,000 cases of anti-Muslim discrimination in 2006.


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