Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, was forced by the school to obtain a letter from her chaplain and a letter from her mosque before the university would allow her to wear her headscarf on campus, reports the Huffington Post.
“A historically black university in southeastern Virginia, Hampton specifies in its dress code that students ‘seeking approval to wear headgear as an expression of religious or cultural dress’ need to make a written request through the chaplain, who then has to ask the student affairs vice president ‘for final approval’.”
According to a new book by Denise A. Spellberg, Thomas Jefferson didn’t just own a Qur’an — he engaged with Islam and fought to ensure the rights of Muslims.
Check out this article in Salon, and consider getting a copy of Islam and the Founders.
You do know the story of the Muslim African prince who was sold into slavery, right?
Then read it here: Which African Prince Was Sold Into Slavery?
It’s part of the history of Islam in America.
the hijab will remain more of a political statement than a religious one.
If a woman in Sudan who refuses to wear hijab faces flogging, her civil liberties are in peril.
I’ll wager that most American Muslims — men and women — agree with Abdullah Antepli, a Muslim chaplain at Duke University, who notes that this woman’s case is less about Sharia law than it is of an autocratic society (such as Sudan), where “law is only applied to the poor and most vulnerable.”
After all, in Islam, there is no coercion….