This Land is not My Land / My Hijab and I

How to Cite

(Reprinted with permission), M. (1). This Land is not My Land / My Hijab and I. Al-Raida Journal, 70-72.


This land is not my land

I realized I was queer when I was in college in Jordan, despite its very conservative environment. I was always attracted to women, but my first experience was in college when I fell in love with a woman while dating a guy. My boyfriend at the time found out and it created tons of problems which escalated into police being involved.


My Hijab and I

I have a problem. I’ve always worn the hijab in a funny way. I’ve been wearing it for over 10 years now. The other day, my mom said, “You’re never going to know how to wear the hijab properly!” I grew up in a Shiite Muslim community in the South. All the girls and women in my family and my community are veiled. We were taught that something was wrong with non-hijab girls – that something was missing in their lives. We couldn’t say they were slutty because they included our cousins.


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