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Workshop LC2: Hijabi for a Day: Unveiling the Veil
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop LC2: Hijabi for a Day: Unveiling the Veil
Workshop Code: LC2
Workshop Title:  Hijabi for a Day: Unveiling the Veil

This workshop is a rare opportunity to partake in a discourse that reflects the complexity and diversity of Muslim women.  You will be able to explore experiences and attitudes surrounding the  veil or "hijab" in Islam and Muslim life in America.  It will shed light on the experience of wearing the veil and keeping it on, wearing it and taking it off, and not having worn it all, and the reasons, attitudes, and consequences surrounding such choices. This will be facilitated through a panel discussion of different women who have each made different choices vis a vis the veil.  The workshop will also provide you a chance to see the veil in a different light:  Not only as a religious garment, but also a cultural one, and, finally, a fashion statement that is as much about self-expression as, say, Lady Gaga's meat dress is. The pièce de résistance of the workshop is your chance to wear the veil  stylishly  with the help of a "hijabi" fashionista stylist, and to be photographed in it in a fun photo booth!  You will get to take home a digital copy of your picture and post it on your social media accounts!

Instructors:  Ameena Jandali, Zahra Billoo
Panelists:  Amal Crespo, Bhawana Kamil, Maimoona Ahmed, Minha Javed, Raja Rahim, Zarah Ahmed
Veil Stylist:  Dian Harumi Paramita
Ticket Price:  $20 online / $25 at the door
Date:  Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time:  4:00 PM  6:00 PM (2 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya:  Veils for trying on and for picture-taking

Materials you need to bring:  Your own camera if you want to take your own pictures, and your own veil or scarf (optional)

Recommended reading:  "Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil" by Katherine Bullock

About the Instructors:

Ameena Jandali is a founding member and content director for Islamic Network Groups (ING).  Through ING she has delivered hundreds of presentations on Islam and related topics in multiple venues.  She team teaches a class on Islam with a focus on Women in Islam at City College of San Francisco.  She has a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley.

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA).

About the stylist: Dian Harumi Paramita is an international fashion model, singer, and TV presenter from Indonesia, which is fast becoming the Paris of Islamic fashion with its robust Islamic fashion industry.  This is easily reflected in Dian's creative hijabi ensembles, which she styles herself.  Dian earned her MBA at the University of Adelaide and Edith Cowan University.  Dian's modelling engagements include New York Fashion Week 2012, Underwraps Modelling Agency-New York, Robert De Nijs Photography-San Francisco Bay Area,Carmel Gown-Los Angeles,Sixteenr scarves, and many more.  Visit her at https://www.facebook.com/#!/dian.harumiparamita


This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Fashion
Education > Workshops
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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