Friday, November 21, 2014

The Subjective Meaning of the Islamic Veil (SMIV) Scale - University of Guelph

Nov 21, 2014

(Sent out on behalf of Professor Saba Safdar)

Given the contentious issues surrounding the Islamic veil in Western societies and speculation of its symbolic meaning, in this research we anticipate to gain rich data on Islamic veils as markers of religious affiliation, ethnicity, social class, gender, nationality, empowerment, submission, social differentiation, and other relevant dimensions. It is also the goal of the study to examine the complex interplay between gender and religious identity of Muslim women in the Canadian context.

Specifically, the aim of this study is to shed lights on the meanings and significance of the hijab for Muslim women in Canada. It seeks to test and validate a scale that was developed by Safdar and Litchmore in 2013, measuring ‘Subjective Meaning of Islamic Veils’ (SMIV). There are no psychological scales that measure the meaning of Islamic veils and the SMIV scale would provide a much-needed tool for studying identity and religiosity of Muslim women in Canada.

We invite women who identify with Islam to participate in the study whether or not they wear hijab. The study takes approximately 30 minutes and is completely confidential. No identifying information is asked in the survey and participants may withdraw from the study as any time. The study has received ethics approval from the Research Ethics Board of the University of Guelph.

The link to the survey is:

If you require any information, please contact the Principal Investigator: Prof. Saba Safdar at the University of Guelph. Email: