6 Television Shows That Have a Hijabi Character – And No, It’s Not Enough

Media representation is important. Women who wear a headscarf for religious reasons are everywhere, yet often they don’t find themselves represented in mainstream media. There are only a few exceptions and we’ve listed them right here. Check out these 6 television shows that have a hijabi character.

  1. Quantico

A primetime show on ABC about a group of FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia, while one of them is suspected of being a terrorist. I know what you’re thinking: “Terrorism? Of course they have a hijabi character then!” Yes, it seems a little too obvious, but Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri) is actually a pretty surprising character.


And a lot of fans agree.

  1. Orange is the New Black

In season 4 of Orange is the New Black, we welcome Alison Abdullah (Amanda Stephen) as a new inmate in women’s federal prison Litchfield Penitentiary. 


There has already been a lot of discussions about her character, that she’s not really a practising Muslim or that certain scenes are too controversial. Others are just excited to see a hijabi being part of the amazing cast.

  1. Degrassi

The Canadian teen drama television series Degrassi had a hijabi character in the episode “Don’t believe the hype” in Season 2. Fareeza (Jacqueline Rose) is a Muslim student who was being harassed by a fellow student, Hazel, for wearing a hijab. Unfortunately, we didn’t see Fareeza again after this one episode.


But last year, Degrassi added a new hijabi to its cast: Goldi Nahir (Somi Bhatia), a passionate activist and feminist who wants to make the school a better place for everyone.


  1. Little Mosque on the Prairie

This Canadian television sitcom focuses on the Muslim community in the fictional prairie town of Mercy, Saskatchewan. Rayyan Hamoudi (Sitara Hewit) is the daughter of main characters Yasir and Sarah. Rayyan is the town doctor and a devout Muslim feminist with outspoken opinions.

© CBC Television
© CBC Television

The relationship between her and husband Amaar kept many fans dreaming.

  1. Outsourced

This American television sitcom is set in a call center in Mumbai India, that is managed by an American manager. Unfortunately, the NBC series was cancelled after one season. But until then, we saw Sarah Zerina Usmen, who’s also a hijab-wearing woman in real life,  as a sari vendor on screen.


6. Mr. Robot

The amazing Mr. Robot also features a hijabi character: Trenton, played by Sunita Mani is one of the members of the hacking group.


Yes, it’s a very short list, which shows us we still have a long way to go. But for now, who is your favorite character?

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