The Four Hijabs
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
Learn more at www.FourHijabs.org >>
Support Silk Road Rising With a Donation
Your investment in our work and mission means we're able to work with students, community members, and professional playwrights as they create and share new, revealing, and important stories that help us build bridges within our communities—much needed in these times.
Malik & Jamil
Panic Intersecting: Mosques, Zoning, and Islamophobia
The panel discussion Panic Intersecting: Mosques, Zoning, and Islamophobia was held in January 2016. Its purpose was two-fold: to create a greater understanding of the challenges Muslim Americans face in building mosques and to inform the world inhabited by Jamil Khoury's new play, Mosque Alert .
WATCH the full video recording of the panel:
Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs and the Contours of Contested Whiteness
In the documentary Not Quite White, Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury draws upon his own Arab (Syrian) and Slavic (Polish and Slovak) heritage as the lens through which to investigate the broader issue of immigrants achieving whiteness and hence qualifying as “fully American.” The film, directed by Khoury and Stephen Combs, advances society’s on-going conversations about the meaning of whiteness and efforts at redefining whiteness. Watch the documentary here >>
Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date
A thought-provoking and often-humorous reflection on the theoretical and practical differences between two powerful social ideas: multiculturalism and polyculturalism.
By personifying these ideas as human characters—one male, one female—and by endowing each character with professional rivalry, intellectual one-upmanship, and sexual tension, a would-be romantic evening becomes an intriguing vehicle for exploring American interpretations of pluralism, cultural interchange, and diversity. Watch the video play here >>
Support Silk Road Rising with a Donation
We are happy to say that in the past few years, Mosque Alert has already touched thousands of audience members through:
* online video development
* staged readings
* collegiate productions
* our own, critically-acclaimed world premiere
We are proud to announce that Mosque Alert's journey isn't over yet. Mosque Alert's next chapter is a premiere in Germany this October, with several other exciting opportunities right around the corner!
There is a great need for balanced dialogue and education about Muslims and their beliefs in countries around the world, and we are excited that Mosque Alert will soon encourage discussion amongst German audiences.
You can help us spark important conversations on a national level. Your gift today can make a difference in our global reach tomorrow.
Support our efforts to bring Mosque Alert to a wider community.