The Muslim Student Association set up an information table in the Lory Student Center Tuesday to give students a forum to ask questions about the female Islamic experience, which MSA leaders say is largely misrepresented in the media.

This booth focused on discouraging common stereotypes involving Muslim women, including oppression and being forced to stay in the home.

The Hijab, a headscarf that Islamic women are required to wear by their faith, is a representation of modesty and protection. Women who wear the headscarf are respected and viewed for intellect and education instead of physical appearance, said Salih Abdul-Mateen, who organized the event.

Too often, the public doesn’t understand Islamic women and “don’t go deeper into the circumstances of where she is living or the culture she’s living in,” Mateen said. “The truth is women are encouraged to earn and own their own property.”

The MSA conducted surveys to learn about stereotypes and beliefs the CSU community has on the war and the Muslim faith.

“[We want] to learn what people think about our religion, what they are confused or fearful about are the stereotypes and common misconceptions people harbor,” said Zaki Safar, the president of MSA. “[We want] to use it to dispel any stereotypes and combat misconceptions.” (MORE)


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