When Islam asked for modesty, each region it spread to responded with either a head wrap that they believed represented it best or a as different styling of their cultural dress. However, because of the Arabization and anti-blackness, the traditional head wraps that doubled as hijab in most African countries were not considered hijab.
Turbans and head wraps that don’t cover your neck may have become trendy, as they’re worn by many hijabi bloggers and fashionistas, but their roots are wholly African.
We included the United States because of how radical it was to be Muslim and Black during the Civil Rights Movement — it only seemed fitting since Black people were kicking their colonizers’ ass across the Atlantic and giving the middle finger to white supremacy in every space they occupied. It was a time of revolution and resistance for Black Muslims.
Eritrea was represented with the keffiyeh wrapped as a turban to showcase how a symbol of freedom and resistance worn by Arabs and Kurds was also worn by Black women freedom fighters.
This video is for the most colorful Muslim population, not only in the color of their clothing but in their skin.