Princess Leia dons hijab on International Star Wars Day

Princess Leia dons hijab on International Star Wars Day
You can be a hijabi and swim, fence, compete in the Great British Bake off, rap, and now, cosplay as characters from popular sci-fi franchises. Why not?
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05 May, 2017
The force is strong with this hijabi-jedi [Image via Twitter]
Unsurprisingly in the era of the rise of modest fashion, Muslim hijabi fans of iconic sci-fi film Star Wars are further proving that you can definitely reconcile the headscarf with being hip, or rather, being square, by combining their discreet garb with cosplay.

Thursday was May the Fourth day on which geeks worldwide celebrate Star Wars Day -- May the Fourth is a play on May the Force be with you, a recurring line in the space opera franchise.

For the occasion, the Islam SciFi account on Twitter posted pictures of hijabi women and men in a traditional Muslim dress posing as Star Wars characters with the help of props easily recognisable from the films (e.g. light sabers, futuristic visors).

One of the hijabi-jedis (pictured) managed the awesome feat of combining her hijab with Star Wars heroine Princess Leia's iconic hair 'buns'. The picture was re-tweeted several dozen times, including by famed religion scholar and TV personality Reza Aslan.

The Twitter account has posted several Islam-SciFi interplays, including a poster using Star Wars themes to advertise religious events in mosques.

Islam SciFi is a Seattle-based platform for news, stories, interviews and projects from "the intersection of Islam and Science Fiction", according to its Twitter account. It was founded and is currently edited by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad.

In the website about section, Islam SciFi says it collects "information about the depiction of Islam and Islamic themes in Science Fiction literature and science fiction written by Muslims."

The intersection between Islam and science fiction has been increasingly explored in recent years. 

Apart from emphasising that Islam has a rich history of scientific curiosity and achievement, writers on Islam and Science Fiction also seek to combat Islamophobia and prejudice using the genre's universal themes they say are often more inclusive than other genres.