Cultural Effects On Beauty

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Effects of American Culture on the Islamic Idea of Beauty It is a common English phrase to say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but possibly it is more precise to say that beauty is in the geography, as cultural ideals of beauty vary radically by region. While there are numerous cultures and subcultures in the world, of primary concern to us there are two main opposing cultures in The United States of America. One is the culture of Islam which has its dynamic a sense of moderation which harmonizes both the material and spiritual dimensions of human personality and has its own concept of beauty. On one hand, The American Culture which is known as ‘Open Culture’ has its continuous exercise in worldwide economic and cultural influence…show more content…
According to the holy book of Islam, The Quran, it is stated that women should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their blood relations (Sura 24 (An-Nur), ayat 30-31). That’s why Muslim women are told to wear Hijab or Burqua as they believe that God has instructed them to wear them as a means of fulfilling His commandment for modesty. Also, this dress code declares their Islamic identity, beauty and culture. In contrast, American culture carries the concept of life where a woman should be free to define for herself how she should dress, view to the opposite sex, society and overall how they should behave (Shabbat, 25). Yes, this culture is influencing Muslim women living there to change their concept of Islamic beauty as this culture gives women the freedom to live their lives but if we look into the Sura above, it is said to hide our private parts and be modest but didn’t indicate that we have to cover all of our body and hide ourselves behind a burqa or hijab. Therefore, it is not mandatory for women to wear hijab or burqa but they just have to dress up with modesty which will reflect their identity as…show more content…
Sometimes they have to change their concept just to ensure the security of their life in their society but do all Muslim women take or think of it in that way? Muslim girls face many different issues when it comes to wearing the hijab in public. Most of the largest issues come from schools where Muslims girls who insist on wearing the hijab are told that they are not conforming to the school uniform policy and are forced to take it off. (Alsalah, Olsen). To follow this kind of policy, they take off their hijab or burqa. However, In islam it is sated that Hijab and Burqa are guided for them to ensure them a safe life from being exploited and enable them to participate in all aspects of life (Ansari). However, some women of these days do not think of it in that way. According to Aminah Sheikha, a graduate student who no longer wears hijab, “Hijab does not serve as a barrier; it does not prevent harassment from happening or (assault/rape) as some would claim. But, I feel now without hijab the number of men bothering me has increased and it is rather annoying. However, with hijab men would still approach me.” She also expressed that after taking off her hijab she feels more confident in spaces as she feels that she can blend in her society but has it changed her faith in Islam? She says, “I do not wear hijab now and in many ways I feel more closer to my faith

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