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Hadiatou Wann

Modest in the West: An Untainted Journey of Wearing Hijab


2023 NYC BBA Distinguished Favorite

Modest in the West is a book that explores the personal and professional challenges of wearing the hijab in the Western world. The book tells the story of Hadiatou Wann, a young woman who was born a Muslim but did not grow up practicing her faith. After starting a job at one of the largest companies in the United States, Hadiatou decides to fully embrace her Islamic identity by wearing the hijab. This decision leads to both positive and negative experiences for her. On the one hand, Hadiatou finds that wearing the hijab helps her to connect with her faith and her Muslim community. She also feels more confident and empowered when she wears it. On the other hand, Hadiatou experiences Islamophobia at work. She is sometimes stared at, harassed, or even discriminated against. Despite the challenges, Hadiatou perseveres and continues to wear the hijab. She believes that it is important to be proud of her faith and to set a positive example for other Muslim women. She also hopes that her story will help to break down stereotypes about Muslims and the hijab. It is a story of courage, resilience, and hope.
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Hadiatou Wann



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Multicultural Nonfiction

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