All over social media, people are celebrating this historical achievement from Rashida Tlaib (Democrat – Michigan) & Ilhan Omar (Democrate – Minnesota).
They are using the hashtag #TweetYourThobe and posting photos of themselves & family members in hijab or a thobe, the Arabic word for garment. also known as a long tunic:
These articles of clothing are worn all over the Arab world, by men and women. They are traditionally ankle-length, and usually have long sleeves.
Rashida Tlaib wore a Palestinian thobe to the swearing in ceremony, while Illhan Omar wore a hijab, a type of head cover, both firsts in the House of Representatives.
Due to my job as an Arab cultural educator, I own a lot of Arab traditional attire for my appearances, including 4 thobes from Palestine. Be sure to follow A Crafty Arab on Twitter to see the photos of them.
I also see a number of them in the stories I read to children during my storytelling sessions at the public library.
Fresh off my book list two days ago of upcoming 2019 Arab & Muslim books, I thought I’d keep the book lists going with this compilation of books where children can find Palestinian thobes.
I’ll be putting one up about women in hijab soon.
Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the Streets Had A Name.
Abu Al-Hayyat, Maya. Blue Pool of Questions
Alareer, Refaat. Gaza Writes Back.
Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses.
Barakat, Ibtisam. Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine.
Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood.
Bashi, Golbarg. P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book.
Ellis, Deborah. Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak.
Laird, Elizabeth. A Little Piece of Ground.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!: A Palestinian Tale.
Marshood, Nabil. Palestinian: Teenage Refugees and Immigrants Speak Out.
Nimr. Sonia. Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Sitti’s Secrets.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East.
Robinson, Anthony & Annemarie Young. Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation.
Shelo, Jameeleh. Laith the Lion Goes to Palestine.
Taghreed Najjar. Who Hid the Eid Lamb?
An added bonus: We reviewed Who Hid The Eid Lamb & made a bookmark, stop by to see the tutorial
Be sure to visit the Education page to see more books that teach about the Arab world & Muslim culture.