The hijab is the traditional Muslim headscarf worn by women. That is the "what" of it, but not the "why." In her one-woman show Unveiled
, Rohina Malik presents five women's reasons for wearing a hijab in modern society. For Shabana, a British-born hip-hop artist, her hijab is both a form of rebellion against her mother's wishes and a source of feminist empowerment. For another woman, it's a way to reconnect with her childhood faith. It is the polyphonic voice of Unveiled
that answers the why; there is no one reason modern Muslim women wear the veil. It's a personal choice that varies from woman to woman, and always reflects the life and beliefs of the individual within the hijab. Malik performs Unveiled
at 8 p.m. tonight at the Edison Theatre on Washington University's campus (6465 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or www.edison.wustl.edu
). Tickets are $20 to $36.
Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2014