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Tenn. Muslim Student Allowed to Wear Hijab

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/13/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today announced that a Muslim student at East Ridge High School in
Chattanooga, Tenn., will now be allowed to wear her Islamic head scarf, or
hijab, in school. The student had previously been told she could not wear
her religiously-mandated head scarf because it was against the school dress

The school’s decision to allow the head scarf came after intervention by
CAIR’s Civil Rights Department.

CAIR publishes a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious
Practices,” designed to prevent just such incidents. The booklet is
available by e-mailing (Include name, address and phone
number when requesting the booklet.)

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman at 202-488-8787, ext. 6033


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