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Feminist and proud wearer of Hijab, says American convert to Islam
My scarf does not tie my hands behind my back, and it is not a tool of oppression. It doesn't prevent thoughts from entering my head and leaving my mouth, she says
Saturday October 18, 2014 11:02 AM, Staff Writer

Theresa Corbin, an American writer and a product of a Creole Catholic and an Irish atheist in her own words, found interest in Islam at the age of 15, and finally became a Muslim few months after the infamous 09/11 terror attack on the US twin towers when she was 21.

Theresa Corbin

In an exclusively with the CNN she described at length how difficult it was to be a Muslim during those days, her experience in modest dressing, and the alienation in the society she feared after converting to Islam.

"It was 2001, and I had been putting off converting for a while. I feared what people would think but was utterly miserable. When 9/11 happened, the actions of the hijackers horrified me. But in its aftermath, I spent most of my time defending Muslims and their religion to people who were all too eager to paint a group of 1.6 billion people with one brush because of the actions of a few", Theresa Crobin, a Freelance Writer, blogger and memoirist, said while talking to CNN.

"I was 21 and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was a bad time to be a Muslim. But after four years of studying, poking and prodding at world religions and their adherents, I decided to take the plunge", she added.

About modest dressing, she said she is a feminist and a proud wearer of hijab.

"I am a proud wearer of hijab. You can call it a scarf. My scarf does not tie my hands behind my back, and it is not a tool of oppression. It doesn't prevent thoughts from entering my head and leaving my mouth. But I didn't always know this", she said.

"I was drawn to Islam's appeal to intellect and heartened by the prophet Mohammed's quote, 'The acquisition of knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, whether male or female'", she said

"I was astounded that science and rationality were embraced by Muslim thinkers such as Al-Khawarizmi, who invented algebra; Ibn Firnas, who developed the mechanics of flight before Leonardo DaVinci; and Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi, who is the father of modern surgery", she said in reply to a question.

"In my journey to Islam, I came to learn that Muslims come in all shapes, sizes, attitudes, ethnicities, cultures and nationalities. I came to know that Islam teaches disagreement and that shouldn't lead to disrespect, as most Muslims want peace", she said.

"It enrages me to know there are some who call themselves Muslims and who distort and misappropriate Islam for political gains", she said.

"It weighs on me knowing that millions of my countrymen see only these images as a representative of my religion. It is unbearable to know that I am passionately hated for my beliefs, when those hating me don't even know what my beliefs are.

"Most of all, I have faith that my fellow Americans can rise above fear and hatred and come to learn the same", she said.

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