BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff High School freshmen recently had the opportunity to learn about Islam by engaging in a question and answer session with seven area women who are Muslims.
“We just finished studying Islam in class,” Jeanne Claire Cotnoir, a Briarcliff High teacher, said in a press release. “These women, who are all highly educated, go to schools and share a presentation about Islam.”
“They are just amazing and really just smash the stereotypes,” she said
Students asked why some of the female panelists wore hijabs, veils that cover the head and chest, and others did not.
“The women explained the Koran tells women to ‘dress modestly,’ which is open to interpretation,” Cotnoir said.
Some of the women discussed situations in which people had harassed them because of their appearance.
The students “got to see that Islam is not what’s on television,” Cotnoir said. “It really is a religion of peace.”
“The women said, ‘ISIS is not Islam; it is not who we are.’”
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