Live Theatre

2016-17 Season

The Four Hijabs

Man TalkingAn Animated Short + Panel Discussion

July 30, 2016 at 4PM

Written by Dr. Manal Hamzeh & Jamil Khoury
Directed by Liz Wuerffel
Animated by Anna Hayden-Roy

Join us for the premiere of The Four Hijabs, an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses:
⚬ the visual hijab (the modest dress of both Muslim men and women)
⚬ the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces)
⚬ the ethical hijab (ethical values/practices required of all Muslims)
⚬ the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits deep spiritual growth and new knowledge)

The Four Hijabs is an entertaining and accessible way to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab.

Inspired by Dr. Manal Hamzeh’s book Pedagogies of DeVeiling (2012) and adapted into a screenplay by Jamil Khoury, The Four Hijabs builds upon the groundbreaking work of the late Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring co-authors Dr. Manal Hamzeh and Jamil Khoury, and the following panel of respondents: 

⚬Suroor Raheemullah, Director of Organizational Development for the Muslim Women's Alliance
⚬Itedal Shalabi, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Arab American Family Services
⚬ Fouad Teymour, playwright and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology

Reserved seating for this screening + panel discussion is full.

Learn more at www.FourHijabs.org >>


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