Will they play Dhimmi For A Day also?
Notice, in any case, that they say they didn’t get any harsh comments or other rough treatment. So much for “Islamophobia” on the NC State campus.
“Non-Muslim students experience a day ‘Behind the Veil,'” by Maggie Luckadoo in The Technician, with thanks to PRCS:
As participants in “Behind the Veil,” 28 non-Muslim female students learned about life as Muslim women as they wore head dresses, or hijabs, on Wednesday.
“Behind the Veil,” an event Sara Yasin, a junior in textile and apparel management, said she thought up last summer, invited students to experience firsthand the life of Muslim women by mirroring their attire for a day, which includes covering their hair and entire bodies minus their faces and hands.
Yasin encouraged participants to abide by Muslim guidelines, such as not eating pork or drinking alcohol when wearing the hijab.
Wednesday evening, the organizers of the event along with a panel of female Muslim students sat to talk to the participants about past experiences and impressions from the day.
While one student said she participated “out of sheer curiosity,” Meghan Witzke, a junior in graphic design, said she participated because she thought it was an interesting concept.
“I didn’t get any kind of weird looks [while wearing the hijab],” she said.
Witzke said she sensed people were looking at her less than when her hair is uncovered, which she guessed was out of respect.
She said understanding the lives of Muslim women wearing hijabs on a daily basis could not be achieved without experiencing it firsthand.
“It doesn’t feel like you’re hiding yourself,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like you’re ashamed. It feels like you’re proud.”
Ayesha Ali, a senior in elementary education and member of the panel, noted that people are forced to get to know those wearing hijabs for their personalities instead of outward appearances.
Katherine Sammis, a freshman in First Year College, also participated in “Behind the Veil.”
“I was not apprehensive when I walked out [of my residence hall] because I’ve seen how accepted [Muslim students are on campus],” she said.
Sarah Oraby, a junior in biomedical engineering and member of the panel, said the University is supportive of the Muslim Student Association.
“I feel I am a part of the community,” she said.
Sammis said that although no one made comments about her head covering, she did see reactions among her classmates.
“In some of my classes, I walked in late and everyone turned and looked,” she said.
Well, I was in college many, many years ago, but I remember once walking in late to a class and everyone turned and looked at me — and I wasn’t even wearing hijab.