Does My Head Look Big In This? Symbols & Objects

Randa Abdel-fattah
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The Hajib

Amal defines the hajib as a symbol of the Muslim faith, and her decision to wear it all the time is a symbol of strength and purpose within that faith.

Amal Mohamed Nasrullah Abdel-Hakim

This is Amal's full name. The name symbolizes the cultural challenges she faces as a Muslim in Australia. People, including the principal of her new high school, have trouble with her name.

Mrs. Vaselli's Cups

Mrs. Vaselli has China teacups that symbolize her hope that she will have guests, specifically that her son will visit.

The School Uniform

Amal breaks the strict uniform policy by wearing the hajib. Since the school uniform is a symbol of the control Ms. Walsh expects to have over the students, she is very upset when Amal arrives wearing the hajib. However, Ms. Walsh agrees to allow the hajib as long as Amal stays with maroon...

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