Muslim Women in the Bible Belt

April 25, 2002

Source: The Tennessean

On April 25, 2002, The Tennessean featured the article "Conference to help Muslim women, girls deal with challenges." Sabina Mohyuddin, 30, organized a conference at Tennessee State University to assist Muslim women and girls with the unique challenges they face in the Bible Belt, particularly after September 11. "The Muslim community in Nashville has changed considerably since Mohyuddin's childhood, when there was no mosque for area Muslims. Today, there are at least four mosques in Nashville, and mosques in surrounding counties, as well as prayer rooms in local universities. About 15,000 Muslims live in Middle Tennessee. There is also a Muslim school." The article continued, "The conference will give participants tips on how to answer commonly asked questions about the hijab and the Muslim faith that have become an almost routine part of some Muslims' lives in the past seven months. The conference, which is titled 'Muslim Women: Discovering Who We Are,' will also delve into how women can carve out an identity that isn't based solely on relationships with men." It was sponsored by the Islamic Center of Nashville.