‘I'm way more than just my hijab’ | Chicagoans | Chicago Reader

‘I'm way more than just my hijab’ 

Chicago Muslim Eman Hassaballa Aly describes experiencing fear, anxiety, and casual prejudice.

click to enlarge “When I walk into a room," Aly says, "the assumption is that I’m not from here.”

“When I walk into a room," Aly says, "the assumption is that I’m not from here.”

Danielle A. Scruggs

Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Eman Hassaballa Aly, digital communications manager and Muslim. "Most of the time, I just call it a head scarf. 'Hijab' means 'barrier,' and…

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