Why do women's choices to live religious lives need to be understood and what role has social media played in shaping this choice?
When I came of age to wear the rida, a religious hijab unique to my community, my mother gave me a choice. Not if I would wear it, but whether I would wear it to school. My mother knew that for a young, introverted girl, a visibly different dress would be a challenge. My choice is one I make repeatedly. That choice is an anathema to many who think that women who wear the veil and adopt religion are coerced into it. My research is inspired by a need to show that women have different ways of being in this world.