Arab’s in Amer-ica: Is this Website Credible?
Dr. Sahar Amer shares valuable information about the different types of headdresses worn by Muslim women…Is she qualified to write an article like this? (Post 3)
Credibility of an article helps determine whether the information given should be trusted or not. Dr. Sahar Amer, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, created an article through Word Press, Women > Veiling > What is the Hijab and Why do Women Wear it?. The article, last published in 2016, begins with listing the different versions of the head dress Muslim women wear. She then explains the significance and difference in the various types of head dresses by providing definitions of each and every one. Amer, a Muslim woman herself, also elaborates on why women wear the particular type of head dress known as the “hijab”, as well as why some Muslim women do not choose to wear a “hijab”.
- Should We Trust This Article?-
Although at first glance, the Arabs in America website seems lifeless and boring, the page is filled with a lot of information that teaches the reader about different details of the Arab and Muslim cultures. Specifically, the article written by Dr. Sahar Amer answers the many questions people have about the hijab; what’s the point of it and why do women have to wear it? The purpose of the article is to inform and expand the readers’ knowledge about the reason behind why women wear the headdress in the Muslim religion. Initially, it was difficult to find the author of the article, which could easily be a reason for someone to believe that the article is not credible; however, through clicking on the title, Dr. Sahar Amer and her academic credentials were easily located.
Dr. Sahar Amer, now a professor at the University of Sydney, has written a few books about women and the reason they have to wear a headdress. One of her books, “What is Veiling?” was awarded the 2009 Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies by the Modern Languages Association of America. She continues to devote her time and research on Muslim gender and sexuality, Arab-American postcolonial identities, and Muslim women veiling practices. Amer also provides many reliable hyperlinks on the article, that allow her readers to further their interest in this topic if they wish.
-Do the Hyperlinks Hurt or Help the Article?-
The hyperlinks she provides are titled “The Hijab”, “Hijab History”, “Veil Ban”, and [Hijab] “Fashion”. None of the links connected with the original article consisted the author or any additional information about them. By digging through the website and the different articles connected to the original article, I finally found that Dr. Sahar Amer was the author of the hyperlinks too. The website also does not consist of any contact information, which initially made me question the credibility of this article.
-Summary of the Hyperlinks-
The article linked to “Hijab History”, also written by Amer, explains the reason why women began to wear the hijab and where in the Quran it states the real reason. It states that the Muslim religion mandates such a rule for its women is because “…they should not strike their feet to draw attention to their hidden beauty” (Qur’an 24:30–31). In easier words, women are wearing the hijab to “hide their true beauty”. The hyperlink “Veil Ban” explains the issue of many countries believing the “niqab” is restrictive, as well as it creating a “barrier between Muslim women and the outside world”. Due to this issue, Turkey has disallowed women to wear the hijab in government buildings and some universities.
Every hyperlink connected to the original article, “Women > Veiling > What is the Hijab and Why do Women wear it?”, is still within the main website, “Arabs in America”. The site consists of many relatable articles, in pursuit of informing their readers, rather than persuading them about whether or not enforcing the hijab has a positive or negative outcome. Specifically, through Dr. Sahar Amer’s extensive years of research and personal experience, she is more than qualified to write an article in regards to this topic.