The Four Hijabs is an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur'anic verses and interprets then through an Arab Muslim feminist lens:
The Four Hijabs builds upon the groundbreaking work of the late Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi. The screenplay, written by Jamil Khoury with Dr. Manal Hamzeh, is inspired by ideas in Hamzeh's book Pedagogies of DeVeiling: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse (Information Age Publishing, 2012).
Sound Recordist and Sound Editor
Arti Ishak as FRIEND 1
Fin Coe as FRIEND 2
Monica Orozco as FRIEND 3
Melissa Canciller as ETHICAL HIJAB
Gordon Chow as SPACIAL HIJAB
Kaelan Strouse as VISUAL HIJAB
Rula Gardinier as SPIRITUAL HIJAB
Cast members chose to remain anonymous.
"The four hijabs in the Qur’an"
"Gaining research access into the lives of Muslim girls"
"Deveiling body stories: Muslim girls negotiate visual, spatial, and ethical hijabs"
“Because I Am Muslim, I Cannot Wear a Swimsuit:’ Muslim Girls Negotiate Participation Opportunities for Physical Activity”
July 30, 2016 | Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois
August 18, 2016 | The Living Theatre, hosted at Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois
October 19, 2016 | Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Indiana
October 25, 2016 | Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Indiana
November 10, 2016 | Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
November 16, 2016 | University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 3, 2016 | George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
January 26, 2017 | Under the Gun Theater, Chicago, Illinois
February 15, 2017 | The University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois
February 23, 2017 | University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
April 2, 2017 | Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois
April 6, 2017 | New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
April 10, 2017 | Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois
April 11, 2017 | Governors State University, University Park, Illinois
April 12, 2017 | 8th Annual Women's History Conference, hosted at University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
January 24, 2018 | Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
May 8, 2018 | Oak Park Public Library Main Branch, Oak Park, Illinois
September 21, 2018 | Auditório do Centro Nacional de Apoio à Integração de Migrantes Lisboa (Auditorium of the National Center for Support to the Integration of Migrants), Lisbon, Portugal
April 24, 2019 | Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
September 26, 2019 | The University of Chicago Divinity School, hosted at Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois
October 30, 2019 | Siena College, Loudonville, New York
December 15, 2020 | Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, hosted online, Chicago, Illinois
April 19, 2021 | Chicago Commons Project, hosted online, Chicago, Illinois
May 13, 2023 | Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Loop, Chicago, Illinois
June 11, 2023 | Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois