In the Islamic tradition, hijab, literally meaning “a separation,” is the word for modesty within women and men. Though today the word is used to refer almost exclusively to the headscarves worn by Muslim women, hijab practices among men and women differ widely depending on cultural norms and personal opinion.
Jocelyn Cesari is Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and directs the Islam in the West Program at Harvard University. She is the founder of Islamopedia Online, which maps the global field of Islam and Governance and of euro-islam.info which is the clearing house for resources on Muslims and Islam in Europe and North America. Her most recent books are "The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State and "Why the West Fears Islam: Exploration of Muslim in Liberal Democracies."
Wardah Khalid is the author of the “Young American Muslim” blog on the Houston Chronicle and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. She is heavily involved in civic outreach, youth and interfaith work and has offered workshops on Islam, social media and Islamophobia to local and national audiences. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Affairs at Columbia University.
The daughter of African immigrants to the American Midwest, Hind has long been interested in understanding the impact of migration, race, religion on shaping the development of Western Muslim consciousness. She blogs at Hindtrospectives on Patheos, and is the founder of Side Entrance, a tumblr which showcases the women’s sections of mosques around the world; according to the blog’s description, they showcase “the beautiful, the adequate and the pathetic.”