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Exploring the Meanings of Hijab through Online Comments in Canada

TitleExploring the Meanings of Hijab through Online Comments in Canada
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRahman, O, Fung, B, Yeo, A
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research

Controversies surrounding ethnic dress such as hijab have increased public awareness about cultural diversity. The number of comments posted on online media make it evident that many people are concerned about ethnic attire, cultural differences and social cohesion. Although researchers have examined the meanings of veiling, the relationships between hijab and public opinion have seldom been investigated. The overarching objective of this study was to understand the relationships between Islamic attire and online readers’ opinion. In light of the limitations in the previous studies on this topic, this study attempts to fill the gap by studying posters’ opinions toward hijab through publicly available online information in the form of posted comments.