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Will 2016 be called the modest fashion movement’s birth year?

By: Prachi Singh Source: Fashion United (India) On one hand, the year 2016 invited several positive and negative opinions on the role of religion versus personal choice of clothing post France’s burkini ban furore. On the other, New York Fashion Week debuted a show by Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan featuring a hijab through its every look on the runway. Around the same time, a 15-year-old Saudi teenager demanded a hijab-clad emoji, while a fully clothed Libayan-American journalist Noor Tagouri wearing a hijab appeared in the October edition of Playboy! Was 2016 the year of modest fashion movement? Well, it surely took a few steps towards changing the global perception. The so called...

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UK: Muslim-owned restaurant seeks warm hearts during Christmas

By: ELEANOR SHEEHAN Source: POPSUGAR The Muslim-owned Shish Restaurant near London is offering an irrefusable Christmas gift to its community: a free meal for homeless and elderly people. Posting a note to its Facebook as well as the front door a few weeks ago, the Turkish restaurant said, “No one eats alone on Christmas Day! We are here to sit with you.” It’s not your average Christmas meal either. The restaurant also posted the menu for a three-course meal of soup and cacik, chicken casserole, vegetarian casserole, chicken shish, and rice pudding. In an interview with CNN, the restaurant owner, Serdar Kigili, who is from Turkey, said he was inspired to offer a free...

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Not all Turks are happy with a hijabi taekwondo champion

By: Riada Ašimović Akyol Source: Al Monitor Turkish athletes achieved great success and won five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals at the 10th World Taekwondo Championships held in Lima, Peru, Sept. 29-Oct. 4. The Turkish media celebrated these accomplishments, but one of the champions, Kubra Dagli, made headlines more than all the others together. Dagli and Emirhan Muran each won a gold medal in the Poomsae team category, but Dagli’s headscarf instantly made her both a target of staunch criticism and a source of inspiration in Turkey. Dagli received extensive media coverage for days, and the numerous interviews highlighted her joy for triumph. But at the same time, Dagli firmly...

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