Born and raised in Yemen, Faroq moved to Canada at the age of seventeen to finish high school, and discovered street photography as a college student in Worcester at Clark University. Upon her return to Yemen in 2013, Faroq debuted as a photographer in a country where a woman with a camera was a rarity.
Many who support wearing the hijab believe it is a matter of choice. Yet in this context such an interpretation is simplistic, because the “choice” is made only within a very restrictive environment that promotes a certain type of orthodoxy interwoven with hellfire theology. I reject the notion that it is a freely made choice.