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Here’s What 100 Years Of Hijabi Styles From Around Africa Looks Like

"This video is for the most colorful Muslim population, not only in the color of their clothing but in their skin."

Posted on recently released a video capturing 100 years of hijabi fashion from around Africa — including a shoutout to Black American hijabis.

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The video comes as the second part of MuslimGirl's new series, 100 Years of Hijabi Fashion. The first part featured styles from "around the world." Writer Najma Sharif explained the intentions behind the video in a post on

"When Islam asked for modesty, each region it spread to responded with either a head wrap that they believed represented it best or a as different styling of their cultural dress," Sharif wrote.

"However, because of the Arabization and anti-blackness, the traditional head wraps that doubled as hijab in most African countries were not considered hijab. Turbans and head wraps that don't cover your neck may have become trendy, as they're worn by many hijabi bloggers and fashionistas, but their roots are wholly African."


...and continues on to the United States.

"We included the United States because of how radical it was to be Muslim and Black during the Civil Rights Movement," Shafir wrote. "[I]t only seemed fitting since Black people were kicking their colonizers’ ass across the Atlantic and giving the middle finger to white supremacy in every space they occupied."


And Eritrea brings in the '90s.

"Eritrea was represented with the keffiyeh wrapped as a turban to showcase how a symbol of freedom and resistance worn by Arabs and Kurds was also worn by Black women freedom fighters," Sharif wrote.


The video comes after some comments from viewers who were upset that the first video did not include representations of Islam's large black African populations.

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MuslimGirl founder Amani Alkhat wrote about her intention "to include countries that have most greatly shaped Americans' understanding of the Muslim world and our perceptions of the Muslim people" in a piece for i-D, but assured community members a more inclusive video was on its way.

"Islam [is] for everyone, and hijab isn't some sort of uniform for Muslim women, it's a form of worship and expression. That is different for everyone," Sharif said in an email to BuzzFeed.

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"Islam embraces diversity, but Muslims continue to conflate Arab cultures with Islam. I wanted people to watch the video and understand exactly that."