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’Hoodjabis and Muslim Dandies: How Fashion Intersects with Race, Gender, Class, and Muslim Identity

by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

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“Muslim Cool engages blackness, through hip-hop, to counter anti-blackness in Muslim communities and in broader US society. I found Muslim Cool among young US Muslims, age eighteen to thirty (and even in their forties), who are Black, South Asian, and Arab US Americans engaged in hip-hop-based activism. Muslim Cool manifests in ideas and activism but also in style and fashions that draw from broader Black cool, a globally embodied form of resistance based on independent sets of aesthetic norms and ideals. My examination of Muslim Cool led me to look at fashion as a way of understanding Muslim identity: what is it composed of? what are its evolutions and contestations? and how is it represented through style? I came to understand that the US Muslim fashion landscape is a complex terrain formed by the intersections of race, gender, and class.”

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