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posted on February 5, 2016

At The New Yorker, Elif Batuman writes on her personal experiences with headscarves in modern Turkey. Although not particularly pious herself, she discovers the sense of unity with Muslim women that comes from wearing a headscarf. “I realized that no young women had met my eyes or smiled at me in Urfa till then,” Batuman writes. “As I walked on, I felt a rising sense of freedom, as if for the first time I could look wherever I wanted and not risk receiving a hostile glance. So I kept the scarf on.”

Read at The New Yorker