Last week in the United States government a Palestinian woman & Somalian woman were sworn into office. 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: ثَوْب 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. Read on for more Palestine Children’s Books on A Crafty Arab.