Muna Hyunmin Bae's illustrations explore the link between Korean and Islamic traditions.
Many Korean people consider Islam to be a Middle Eastern cultural religion; thus, they assume that Islam is not a religion for Korean people, and it doesn't fit on the culture of Korea.
However, in the last kingdom of Korea, Joseon (which existed from around 1390 to around 1900), there were many cultural traditions that were similar to Islamic teachings. As a Korean woman, I was especially inspired by what Josean women wore at the time, called "jang-ot." When women left their homes, they would cover their entire body from head to toe, sometimes including their face. They thought women should protect her honor and virtue for her family and herself by covering her figure. This is very similar to the Islamic tradition of wearing hijab.
I wanted to explore these connections in my drawings, and hopefully show that there are traditions in common between Muslims and Koreans, and that Koreans can be Muslim, too!
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