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The Editors | 02.08.08

Faith

Sister Rose and a Teenager’s First Headscarf

Shabana Mir, Religion Dispatches [Read the Article]

“Before the headscarf affair, I was fanatically loyal to my school, extremely fond of Sister Rose, and popular with my friends – ‘the class pet,’ some called me. I had looked up to Sister Rose and empathized with her religiosity. I thought of her tears as she sang a hymn at the nativity play, and I thought of my own tears as I listened to a hamd (an Urdu hymn). With Sister's rejection of my religiosity came an enormous distancing. It pushed me away from my friends and my social circle. I felt like my trust in everything had been broken. Sister had broken me, and I would not be broken like that again… It didn't have to be that way, I often think today… "

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TOPICS:    ecumenism | head scarves | islam | pakistan
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