Iqbal Hussain is a controversial painter who is not known for outlandishly offensive or nude paintings. The women in his paintings are not dressed provocatively or posing suggestively. He is however, known for painting Muslim and Pakistani women without their hijabs (head scarves).
According to an article on AllThingsPakistani.com, “unlike most respectable Pakistani women, [they] do not have their heads and bosoms covered with dopattas and chadors [scarves] of ‘modesty.’ They are bare-footed and without the shoes of ‘respectability.’”
The portraits, as seen in the gallery above, are quite beautiful in their realism and in the way Iqbal Hussain portrayed the simple and regular activity of relaxing in a chair or spending time with friends and family.
Iqbal Hussain also has a blog titled 30Mosques which documented the celebrations of Ramadan (Islamic month of fasting) that ended last weekend.
Iqbal Hussain Portraits Muslim Women Sans Head Scarves
1. Controversial Cultural Creations - Opportunity for artists to challenge societal norms and stereotypes through their artwork.
2. Painting Muslim Women Without Hijabs - The portrayal of Muslim women without head scarves in art can spark discussions about identity, freedom, and cultural expectations.
3. Realistic Portraits of Daily Life - Artists who depict everyday scenes in a realistic and relatable way can connect with a wide audience.
1. Art - Artists can use their creativity to challenge societal norms and create thought-provoking pieces.
2. Fashion - Designers can explore new ways to incorporate head coverings into Muslim women's fashion while respecting cultural traditions.
3. Publishing - Publishers can support the creation and distribution of literature that explores the experiences and perspectives of Muslim women.