For a small piece of cloth meant to conceal the hijab has never been a more conspicuous or controversial symbol. It may be more visible than ever today at McMaster University, where a professor organized a Wear My Hijab day. Women, whether Muslim or not, were invited to wear a head scarf all day to show support for those who regularly wear it.
Professor Muriel Walker, who teaches French literature at Mac, organized the hijab day. “It can be difficult for women to wear the hijab,” she said. “I want this to help sensitize people about Islam … you should not be afraid of Muslims.”