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February 6, 2019 at 7:47 am

Post Quotes Lybarger on World Hijab Day

Dr. Loren Lybarger, portrait

Dr. Loren Lybarger

Dr. Loren Lybarger, Associate Professor of Classics & World Religions, was quoted in a Post article headlined “World Hijab Day Celebrated In Solidarity with Muslim Women.”

“The hijab scarf has, in a sense, become a symbol for Islam and for Muslims,” Loren Lybarger, an associate professor of classics and world religions with a specialty in Islamic studies, said. “Oftentimes it has become a focal point of anti-Muslim backlash.”

Lybarger graduated with a doctorate in religion studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and spent time in the Middle East studying Islam.

“The decision and the politics around the scarf are highly contested and debated among Muslims themselves and Muslim women,” Lybarger said. “Muslims express their relationship to Islam in many different ways, (therefore) women don’t have to wear a scarf in order to be Muslim.”

Read more in the Post.

The story also ran in New Age Islam.

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