Exeter – They wore long skirts and head scarves, business suits, jeans and sweaters. One teenage girl wore a head scarf and jeans. They came from a rich mix of countries, including America, and spanned a variety of professions. Their message was clear: a Muslim woman can be anything Allah wants her to be.

Phillips Exeter Academy sponsored a forum on The Muslim Woman Thursday night. Women from the Academy community and beyond gathered in Phillips Chapel to talk about who they were, and what the world thought they were.

Zainab Qari, Muslim student adviser at the school, organized the forum. She works with the nine Muslim students currently enrolled at the academy. “We’re recruiting for more,” she said with a smile.

“The media can be misleading,” Qari said in her introduction. “We’re here to clarify some of the misconceptions, the differences between culture and religion.”


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