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File:Female hijab in Islam.jpg|thumb|upright=1.5|Muslim women wearing hijabs]]{{Islamic female dress}}A hijab ({{IPAc-en|h|ɪ|ˈ|ʒ|ɑː|b|,_|h|ɪ|ˈ|ʒ|æ|b|,_|ˈ|h|ɪ|ʒ|.|æ|b|,_|h|ɛ|ˈ|ʒ|ɑː|b}};WEB,weblink Definition of hijab in Oxford Dictionaries (British & World English),, 2013-04-20, WEB,weblink Hijab – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary,, 2012-08-31, 2013-04-20, WEB,weblink Hijab noun – definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus – Cambridge Dictionary Online,, 2013-04-16, 2013-04-20, DICTIONARY,weblink Definition of hijab, Collins English Dictionary, 2013-04-20, {{transl|ar|ALA-LC|ḥijāb}}, {{IPA-ar|ħɪˈʒaːb|pron}} or {{IPA-arz|ħeˈɡæːb|lang}}) in common English usage is a veil worn by some Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to Islamic standards of modesty. Hijab can also refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to "the veil which separates man or the world from God." In the Qur'an, hadith, and other classical Arabic texts the term khimār () was used to denote a headscarf, and ḥijāb was used to denote a partition, a curtain, or was used generally for the Islamic rules of modesty and dress for both males and females.Lane's Lexicon page 519 and 812Contemporary Fatwas by Sheik Yusuf Al Qaradawi, vol. 1, pp. 453-455Ruh Al Ma’ani by Shihaab Adeen Abi Athanaa’, vol. 18, pp. 309, 313In its traditional form, it is worn by women to maintain modesty and privacy from unrelated males. According to the Encyclopedia of Islam and Muslim World, modesty in the Quran concerns both men's and women's "gaze, gait, garments, and genitalia."Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (2003), p. 721, New York: Macmillan Reference USA The Qur'an instructs Muslim women to dress modestly.Martin et al. (2003), Encyclopedia of Islam & the Muslim World, Macmillan Reference, {{ISBN|978-0028656038}} Some Islamic legal systems define this type of modest clothing as covering everything except the face, hands up to wrists, and feet.Glasse, Cyril, The New Encyclopedia of Islam, Altamira Press, 2001, p.179-180Fisher, Mary Pat. Living Religions. New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2008. These guidelines are found in texts of hadith and fiqh developed after the revelation of the Qur'an but, according to some, are derived from the verses (ayahs) referencing hijab in the Qur'an. Some believe that the Qur'an itself does not mandate that women wear hijab.Irfi.orgMoroccoworldnews.comIn the Qur'an, the term hijab refers to a partition or curtain in the literal or metaphorical sense. The verse where it is used literally is commonly understood to refer to the curtain separating visitors to Muhammad's house from his wives' lodgings. This had led some to argue that the mandate of the Qur'an to wear hijab applied to the wives of Muhammad, and not women generally.In recent times, wearing hijab in public has been required by law in Iran and the Indonesian province of Aceh. Other countries, both in Europe and in the Muslim world, have passed laws banning some or all types of hijab in public or in certain types of locales. Women in different parts of the world have also experienced unofficial pressure to wear or not wear hijab.

In Islamic scripture

{{Islamic Culture}}


The Quran instructs both Muslim men and women to dress in a modest way, but there is disagreement on how these instructions should be interpreted. The verses relating to dress use the terms khimār (head cover) and jilbāb (a dress or cloak) rather than ḥijāb. In the Quran, there are over 6,000 verses and only about half a dozen refer specifically to the way a woman should dress or walk in public.Bucar, Elizabeth, The Islamic Veil. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications, 2012.The clearest verse on the requirement of modest dress is surah 24:31, telling women to guard their private parts and draw their khimār over their bosoms.weblink" title="">Evidence in the Qur'an for Covering Women's Hair, IslamOnline.Hameed, Shahul. "weblink" title="">Is Hijab a Qur’anic Commandment?," October 9, 2003.}}In Surah 33:59 Muhammad is commanded to ask his family members and other Muslim women to wear outer garments when they go out, so that they are not harassed:
The Islamic commentators generally agree this verse refers to sexual harassment of women of Medina. It is also seen to refer to a free woman, for which Tabari cites Ibn Abbas. Ibn Kathir states that the jilbab distinguishes free Muslim women from those of Jahiliyyah, so other men know they are free women and not slavegirls or whores, indicating covering oneself doesn't apply to non-Muslims. He cites Sufyan al-Thawri as commenting that while it may be seen as permitting to look upon non-Muslim women who adorn themselves, it is not allowed in order to avoid lust. Al-Qurtubi concurs with Tabari about this ayah being for those who are free. He reports that the correct view is that a jilbab covers the whole body. He also cites the Sahabah as saying it is no longer than a rida (a shawl or a wrapper that covers the upper body). He also reports a minority view which considers the niqab or head-covering as jilbab. Ibn Arabi considered that excessive covering would make it impossible for a woman to be recognised which the verse mentions, though both Qurtubi and Tabari agree that the word recognition is about distinguishing free women.Islam and the Veil: Theoretical and Regional Contexts, page 111-113]Some scholars like Ibn Hayyan, Ibn Hazm and Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani questioned the ayah's common explanation. Hayyan believed that "believing women" referred to both free women and slaves as the latter are bound to more easily entice lust and their exclusion is not clearly indicated. Hazm too believed that it covered Muslim slaves as it would violate the law of not molesting a slave or fornication with her like that with a free woman. He stated that anything not attributed to Muhammad should be disregarded.Islam and the Veil: Theoretical and Regional Contexts, page 114]The word ḥijāb in the Quran refers not to women's clothing, but rather a spatial partition or curtain. Sometimes its use is literal, as in the verse which refers to the screen that separated Muhammad's wives from the visitors to his house (33:53), while in other cases the word denotes separation between deity and mortals (42:51), wrongdoers and righteous (7:46, 41:5), believers and unbelievers (17:45), and light from darkness (38:32).The interpretation of the ḥijāb as separation can be digested in three ways: as a visual barrier, physical barrier, and ethical barrier. The visual barrier has the opportunity to hide something from sight which places emphasis on a symbolic boundary (for example, between the Prophet's family and the surrounding community). The physical barrier is used to create a space that provides comfort and privacy for individuals such as the female elite. The ethical barrier, is known to make something forbidden such as the 'purity of hearts' in reference to the Prophet's wives and the Muslim men who visit them.


{{primary sources|date=August 2016}}File:Girls from MHamid (2357918553).jpg|thumb|Moroccan girls wearing the hijab]]The hadith sources specify the details of hijab (Islamic rules of dress) for men and women, exegesis of the Qur'anic verses narrated by sahabah, and are a major source which scholars used to derive their rulings.WEB,weblink Hijab: Fard (Obligation) or Fiction?,, 2012-10-15, 2018-11-08, WEB,weblink How Should We Understand the Obligation of Khimar (Head Covering)?,, 2017-09-25, 2018-11-08, BOOK
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  • Narrated Umm Salama Hind bint Abi Umayya, Ummul Mu'minin: "When the verse 'That they should cast their outer garments over their persons' was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows hanging down over their heads by wearing outer garments." {{Hadith-usc|abudawud|32|4090}}. AbÅ« Dawud classed this hadith as authentic.
  • Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba: "Aisha used to say: 'When (the Verse): "They should draw their veils (khumur) over their necks and bosoms (juyyub)," was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and veiled themselves () with the cut pieces.'" {{Hadith-usc|Bukhari|usc=yes|6|60|282}}, {{Hadith-usc|abudawud|32|4091}}. This hadith is often translated as "...and covered their heads and faces with the cut pieces of cloth," as the Arabic word used in the text () could include or exclude the face and there was ikhtilaf on whether covering the face is farḍ, or obligatory. The most prominent sharh, or explanation, of Sahih Bukhari is Fatḥ al-BārÄ« which states this included the face.
  • Yahya related to me from Malik from Muhammad ibn Zayd ibn Qunfudh that his mother asked Umm Salama, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, "What clothes can a woman wear in prayer?" She said, "She can pray in the khimār (headscarf) and the diri' (, a woman's garment) that reaches down and covers the top of her feet." Muwatta Imam Malik book 8 hadith 37.
  • Aishah narrated that Allah's Messenger said: "The Salat (prayer) of a woman who has reached the age of menstruation is not accepted without a khimār." Jami` at-Tirmidhi 377.

Dress code required by hijab

Traditionalist views

File:Two_Muslim_women_in_tudungs_at_an_engagement_party,_Brunei_-_20100531.jpg|thumb|upright|Women wearing tudungs (the Malay term for hijab) in BruneiBruneiThe four major Sunni schools of thought (Hanafi, Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali) hold by consensus that it is obligatory for the entire body of the woman (see awrah), except her hands and face (and feet according to Hanafis) to be covered during prayer and in the presence of people of the opposite sex other than close family members (whom one is forbidden to marry—see mahram)weblink Shiu-Sian. "Modesty." Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an. Ed. Jane McAuliffe. Vol. 3. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2003. 403-405. 6 vols. According to Hanafis and other scholars, these requirements extend to being around non-Muslim women as well, for fear that they may describe her physical features to unrelated menweblink must cover from their belly buttons to their knees, though the schools differ on whether this includes covering the navel and knees or only what is between themweblinkweblink is recommended that women wear clothing that is not form fitting to the body, such as modest forms of western clothing (long shirts and skirts), or the more traditional jilbāb, a high-necked, loose robe that covers the arms and legs. A khimār or shaylah, a scarf or cowl that covers all but the face, is also worn in many different styles.Modern Muslim scholars believe that it is obligatory in Islamic law that men and women abide by the rules of hijab (as outlined in their respective school of thought). These include the Iraqi Shia Marja' (Grand Ayatollah) Ali al-Sistani;WEB, al-Sistani, Ali, Question & Answer » Hijab (Islamic Dress),weblink The Official Website of the Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-Sistani, 9 January 2016, the Sunni Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Issuing Fatwas in Saudi Arabia;WEB, Fatwas of the Permanent Committee: Women covering their faces and hands,weblink General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta', Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 9 January 2016, and othersweblink In nearly all Muslim cultures, young girls are not required to wear a ħijāb.File:Protests_in_Bahrain_-_Flickr_-_Al_Jazeera_English_(13).jpg|thumb|BahrainBahrainIn private, and in the presence of close relatives (mahrams), rules on dress relax. However, in the presence of the husband, most scholars stress the importance of mutual freedom and pleasure of the husband and wife.Heba G. Kotb M.D., Sexuality in Islam, PhD Thesis, Maimonides University, 2004

Covering the hands and face

Traditional scholars had differences of opinion on covering the hands and face. The majority adopted the opinion that the face and hands are not part of their nakedness. Some held the opinion that covering the face is recommended if the woman's beauty is so great that it is distracting and causes temptation or public discordweblink Salafi scholars such as Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen believe that covering the hands and face for all adult women is obligatoryweblink

Alternative views

Some Muslims take a relativist approach to hijab. They believe that the commandment to maintain modesty must be interpreted with regard to the surrounding society. What is considered modest or daring in one society might not be considered so in another. It is important, they say, for believers to wear clothing that communicates modesty and reserve.WEB
, Syed
, Ibrahim B.
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, Women in Islam: Hijab
, Along with scriptural arguments, Leila Ahmed argues that head covering should not be compulsory in Islam because the veil predates the revelation of the Qur'an. Head-covering was introduced into Arabia long before Muhammad, primarily through Arab contacts with Syria and Iran, where the hijab was a sign of social status. After all, only a woman who need not work in the fields could afford to remain secluded and veiled.BOOK
, Ahmed
, Leila
, 1992
, 1992
, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
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, Yale University Press
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, Ahmed argues for a more liberal approach to hijab. Among her arguments is that while some Qur'anic verses enjoin women in general to "draw their Jilbabs (overgarment or cloak) around them to be recognized as believers and so that no harm will come to them"QURAN, 33, 58, 59, and "guard their private parts ... and drape down khimar over their breasts [when in the presence of unrelated men]",QURAN, 24, 31, they urge modesty. The word khimar refers to a piece of cloth that covers the head, or headscarf.BOOK,weblink Islam and gender justice, V.A. Mohamad Ashrof, 130, Gyan Books, 2005, 8 April 2011, 9788178354569, 2005, While the term "hijab" was originally anything that was used to conceal,BOOK,weblink Humanism, culture, and language in the Near East, 87, Asma Afsaruddin, A. H. Mathias Zahniser, Eisenbrauns, 1997, 8 April 2011, 9781575060200, 1997, it became used to refer to concealing garments worn by women outside the house, specifically the headscarf or khimar.BOOK,weblink Humanism, culture, and language in the Near East, 95, Asma Afsaruddin, A. H. Mathias Zahniser, Eisenbrauns, 1997, 8 April 2011, 9781575060200, 1997, File:Muslim girls at Istiqlal Mosque jakarta.png|thumb|Indonesian girls at Istiqlal Mosque in JakartaJakartaOther verses include.}}}}According to at least three authors (Karen Armstrong, Reza Aslan and Leila Ahmed), the stipulations of the hijab were originally meant only for Muhammad's wives, and were intended to maintain their inviolability. This was because Muhammad conducted all religious and civic affairs in the mosque adjacent to his home:File:Afghan_National_Army_(ANA)_Brig._Gen._Khatool_Mohammadzai,_center,_the_director_for_women%27s_affairs_and_the_deputy_director_for_the_education_and_physical_training_within_the_ANA,_poses_with_a_group_of_120220-A-WI966-673.jpg|thumb|right|Afghan army and police officials wearing hijabs in KandaharKandaharAccording to Ahmed:}}They argue that the term darabat al-hijab ("taking the veil") was used synonymously and interchangeably with "becoming Prophet Muhammad's wife", and that during Muhammad's life, no other Muslim woman wore the hijab. Aslan suggests that Muslim women started to wear the hijab to emulate Muhammad's wives, who are revered as "Mothers of the Believers" in Islam, and states "there was no tradition of veiling until around 627 C.E." in the Muslim community.Another interpretation differing from the traditional states that a veil is not compulsory in front of blind men and men lacking physical desire.WEB,weblink Is it ok to take off the kimar and niqab in front of a blind man?,, 2013-04-20, Women revealing their adornment to men who lack physical desire retrieved 25 June 2012Queer Spiritual Spaces: Sexuality and Sacred Places – Page 89, Kath Browne, Sally Munt, Andrew K. T. Yip - 2010Some scholars think that these contemporary views and arguments, however, contradict the hadith sources, the classical scholars, exegesis sources, historical consensus, and interpretations of the companions (such as Aisha and Abdullah ibn Masud).Many traditionalist Muslims reject the contemporary views, however, some traditionalist Muslim scholars accept the contemporary views and arguments as those hadith sources are not sahih and ijma would no longer be applicable if it is argued by scholars (even if it is argued by only one scholar). Notable examples of traditionalist Muslim scholars who accept these contemporary views include the Indonesian scholar Buya Hamka.

Contemporary practice

{{Further|Types of hijab|Hijab by country}}File:Star student (7138906747).jpg|thumb|Muslim women in northern NigeriaNigeriaThe styles and practices of hijab vary widely across the world.An opinion poll conducted in 2014 by The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research asked residents of seven Muslim-majority countries (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia) which style of women's dress they considered to be most appropriate in public.NEWS,weblink Female Muslim Dress Survey Reveals Wide Range Of Preferences On Hijab, Burqa, Niqab, And More, Huffington Post, Jan 23, 2014, The survey found that the headscarf (in its tightly- or loosely-fitting form) was chosen by the majority of respondents in Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia and Turkey. In Saudi Arabia 63% gave preference to the niqab face veil; in Pakistan the niqab, the full-length chador robe and the headscarf, received about a third of the votes each; while in Lebanon half of the respondents in the sample (which included Christians and Druze) opted for no head covering at all. The survey found "no significant difference" in the preferences between surveyed men and women, except in Pakistan, where more men favored conservative women's dress.WEB,weblink Q&A with author of U. Mich. study on preferred dress for women in Muslim countries, Pew Research Center, RICH MORIN, Jan 14, 2014, However, women more strongly support women's right to choose how to dress. People with university education are less conservative in their choice than those without one, and more supportive of women's right to decide their dress style, except in Saudi Arabia.File:Emine Erdoğan.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Emine ErdoğanEmine ErdoğanSome fashion-conscious women have been turning to non-traditional forms of hijab such as turbans.NEWS, Under wraps: Style savvy Muslim women turn to turbans,weblink Shounaz Meky, Al Arabiya, Oct 9, 2014, NEWS, The Beautiful Reasons Why These Women Love Wearing A Hijab, Yasmin Nouh, May 11, 2016, The Huffington Post,weblink While some regard turbans as a proper head cover, others argue that it cannot be considered a proper Islamic veil if it leaves the neck exposed.File:Muna AbuSulayman - World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012.jpg|thumb|Muna AbuSulaymanMuna AbuSulaymanAccording to a Pew Research Center survey, among the roughly 1 million Muslim women living in the U.S., 43% regularly wear headscarves, while about a half do not cover their hair.NEWS,weblink Lifting The Veil: Muslim Women Explain Their Choice, NPR, April 21, 2011, In another Pew Research Center poll (2011), 36% of Muslim American women reported wearing hijab whenever they were in public, with an additional 24% saying they wear it most or some of the time, while 40% said they never wore the headcover.WEB, Pew Research Center, Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism; Section 2: Religious Beliefs and Practices, Aug 30, 2011,weblink File:Young_Iranian_Woman_at_Manar_Jomban_(Shaking_Minarets)_-_Isfahan_-_Central_Iran_-_01_(7433558348).jpg|thumb|left|upright|Iranian woman in IsfahanIsfahanIn Iran, where wearing the hijab is legally required, many women push the boundaries of the state-mandated dress code, risking a fine or a spell in detention.WEB,weblink, Playing cat and mouse with Iran′s morality police, Aug 23, 2016, The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had vowed to rein in the morality police and their presence on the streets has decreased since he took office, but the powerful conservative forces in the country have resisted his efforts, and the dress codes are still being enforced, especially during the summer months.NEWS,weblink Yara Elmjouie, Iran's morality police: patrolling the streets by stealth, Tehran Bureau/The Guardian, June 19, 2014, In Turkey the hijab was formerly banned in private and state universities and schools. The ban applied not to the scarf wrapped around the neck, traditionally worn by Anatolian peasant women, but to the head covering pinned neatly at the sides, called türban in Turkey, which has been adopted by a growing number of educated urban women since the 1980s. As of the mid-2000s, over 60% of Turkish women covered their head outside home, though only 11% wore a türban.NEWS,weblink BBC News, Headscarf issue challenges Turkey, November 7, 2006, Sarah, Rainsford, NEWS,weblink Women condemn Turkey constitution, BBC News, Sarah, Rainsford, 2007-10-02, 2008-08-04, NEWS,weblink BBC News, Quiet end to Turkey's college headscarf ban, December 31, 2010, Jonathan Head, NEWS,weblink Head scarves to topple secular Turkey?, Salon, Tracy, Clark-Flory, 2008-08-04, 2007-04-23, The ban was lifted from universities in 2008,Ayman, Zehra; Knickmeyer, Ellen. Ban on Head Scarves Voted Out in Turkey: Parliament Lifts 80-Year-Old Restriction on University Attire. The Washington Post. 2008-02-10. Page A17. from government buildings in 2013,NEWS,weblink Turkey Lifts Longtime Ban on Head Scarves in State Offices, NY Times, 8 October 2013, 1 February 2014, and from schools in 2014.WEB, Turkey-lifts-ban-on-headscarves-at-high-schools,weblink, 3 November 2014, 2014-09-23,

Burqa and niqab

File:Muslim woman in Yemen.jpg|thumb|upright|A Muslim woman in Yemen wearing a niqabniqabThere are several types of veils which cover the face in part or in full.The burqa (also spelled burka) is a garment that covers the entire body, including the face. It is commonly associated with the Afghan chadri, whose face-veiling portion is typically a piece of netting that obscures the eyes but allows the wearer to see out.The niqab is a term which is often incorrectly used interchangeably with burqa.NEWS,weblink From hijab to burqa - a guide to Muslim headwear, Channel 4 News, Oct 24, 2013, It properly refers to a garment that covers a woman's upper body and face, except for her eyes. It is particularly associated with the style traditionally worn in the Arabian Peninsula, where the veil is attached by one side and covers the face only below the eyes, thereby allowing the eyes to be seen.Only a minority of Islamic scholars believe that covering the face is mandatory, and the use of niqab beyond its traditional geographic strongholds has been a subject of political controversy.WEB, BBC, Niqab, Aug 23, 2016,weblink NEWSPAPER, The Islamic veil across Europe, BBC News, July 1, 2014,weblink In a 2014 survey of men and women in seven Muslim-majority countries, the Afghan burqa was the preferred form of woman's dress for 11% of respondents in Saudi Arabia, 4% in Iraq, 3% in Pakistan, 2% in Lebanon, and 1% or less in Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey. The niqab face veil was the preferred option for 63% of respondents in Saudi Arabia, 32% in Pakistan, 9% in Egypt, 8% in Iraq, and 2% or less in Lebanon, Tunisia, and Turkey.


Pre-Islamic veiling practices

{{further|Veil}}(File:Bronze_Statuette_of_a_Veiled_and_Masked_Dancer_1.jpg|thumb|upright|Greek bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, 2nd–3rd century BC.)Veiling did not originate with the advent of Islam. Statuettes depicting veiled priestesses precede all major Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), dating back as far as 2500 BCE.BOOK, Kahf, Mohja, From Royal Body the Robe was Removed: The Blessings of the Veil and the Trauma of Forced Unveiling in the Middle East, 2008, University of California Press, 27, Elite women in ancient Mesopotamia and in the Byzantine, Greek, and Persian empires wore the veil as a sign of respectability and high status.BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 15, In ancient Mesopotamia, Assyria had explicit sumptuary laws detailing which women must veil and which women must not, depending upon the woman's class, rank, and occupation in society. Female slaves and prostitutes were forbidden to veil and faced harsh penalties if they did so.BOOK, El Guindi, Fadwa, Hijab, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Sherifa Zahur, 2009, 10.1093/acref/9780195305135.001.0001, 9780195305135, Veiling was thus not only a marker of aristocratic rank, but also served to "differentiate between 'respectable' women and those who were publicly available".Strict seclusion and the veiling of matrons were also customary in ancient Greece. Between 550 and 323 B.C.E, prior to Christianity, respectable women in classical Greek society were expected to seclude themselves and wear clothing that concealed them from the eyes of strange men.BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 27–28, File:Temple_of_baal07(js).jpg|thumb|left|upright|Pre-Islamic relief showing veiled Arab women, Temple of Baal, Palmyra, Syria, 1st century CE.]]It is not clear whether the Hebrew Bible contains prescriptions with regard to veiling, but rabbinic literature presents it as a question of modesty (tzniut).WEB, Richard Freund, The Veiling of Women in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A Guide to the Exhibition, University of Hartford,weblink Aug 22, 2016, Modesty became an important rabbinic virtue in the early Roman period, and it may have been intended to distinguish Jewish women from their non-Jewish counterparts in the Greco-Roman and later in the Babylonian society. According to rabbinical precepts, married Jewish women have to cover their hair, although the surviving representations of veiled Jewish women may reflect general Roman customs rather than particular Jewish practices. According to Fadwa El Guindi, at the inception of Christianity, Jewish women were veiling their heads and faces. File:Chief_Vestal.jpg|thumb|right|upright|Roman statue of a Vestal VirginVestal VirginThere is archeological evidence suggesting that early Christian women in Rome covered their heads. Writings of Tertullian indicate that a number of different customs of dress were associated with different cults to which early Christians belonged around 200 CE. The best known early Christian view on veiling is the passage in 1 Corinithians (11:4-7), which states that "every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head". This view may have been influenced by Roman pagan customs, such as the head covering worn by the priestesses of Vesta (Vestal Virgins), rather than Jewish practices. In turn, the rigid norms pertaining to veiling and seclusion of women found in Christian Byzantine literature have been influenced by ancient Persian traditions, and there is evidence to suggest that they differed significantly from actual practice.BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 26–28, Intermixing of populations resulted in a convergence of the cultural practices of Greek, Persian, and Mesopotamian empires and the Semitic peoples of the Middle East. Veiling and seclusion of women appear to have established themselves among Jews and Christians before spreading to urban Arabs of the upper classes and eventually among the urban masses. In the rural areas it was common to cover the hair, but not the face.Leila Ahmed argues that "Whatever the cultural source or sources, a fierce misogyny was a distinct ingredient of Mediterranean and eventually Christian thought in the centuries immediately preceding the rise of Islam."BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 35, Ahmed interprets veiling and segregation of sexes as an expression of a misogynistic view of shamefulness of sex which focused most intensely on shamefulness of the female body and danger of seeing it exposed.

During Muhammad's lifetime

Available evidence suggests that veiling was not introduced into Arabia by Muhammad, but already existed there, particularly in the towns, although it was probably not as widespread as in the neighboring countries such as Syria and Palestine. Similarly to the practice among Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Assyrians, its use was associated with high social status. In the early Islamic texts, term hijab does not distinguish between veiling and seclusion, and can mean either "veil" or "curtain".BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 53–54, The only verses in the Qur'an that specifically reference women's clothing are those promoting modesty, instructing women to guard their private parts and wear scarves that fall onto their breast area in the presence of men.>BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 55, The contemporary understanding of the hijab dates back to Hadith when the "verse of the hijab" descended upon the community in 627 CE.BOOK, Aslan, Reza, No God but God, 2005, Random House, 978-1-4000-6213-3, 65,weblink Now documented in Sura 33:53, the verse states, "And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts".WEB, Surat Al-'Ahzab,weblink December 1, 2012, This verse, however, was not addressed to women in general, but exclusively to Muhammad's wives. As Muhammad's influence increased, he entertained more and more visitors in the mosque, which was then his home. Often, these visitors stayed the night only feet away from his wives' apartments. It is commonly understood that this verse was intended to protect his wives from these strangers.BOOK, Aslan, Reza, No God but God, 2005, Random House, 978-1-4000-6213-3, 66,weblink During Muhammad's lifetime the term for donning the veil, darabat al-hijab, was used interchangeably with "being Muhammad's wife".BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 55–56,

Later pre-modern history

File:Félix Bonfils Jeune femme de Naplouse.jpg|thumb|upright|Young woman from NablusNablusThe practice of veiling was borrowed from the elites of the Byzantine and Persian empires, where it was a symbol of respectability and high social status, during the Arab conquests of those empires.ENCYCLOPEDIA, Hijab, John L. Esposito, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, 10.1093/acref/9780195125580.001.0001, 9780195125580,weblink Reza Aslan argues that "The veil was neither compulsory nor widely adopted until generations after Muhammad's death, when a large body of male scriptural and legal scholars began using their religious and political authority to regain the dominance they had lost in society as a result of the Prophet's egalitarian reforms".Because Islam identified with the monotheistic religions of the conquered empires, the practice was adopted as an appropriate expression of Qur'anic ideals regarding modesty and piety.BOOK, Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam, 1992, Yale University Press, New Haven, 36, Veiling gradually spread to upper-class Arab women, and eventually it became widespread among Muslim women in cities throughout the Middle East. Veiling of Arab Muslim women became especially pervasive under Ottoman rule as a mark of rank and exclusive lifestyle, and Istanbul of the 17th century witnessed differentiated dress styles that reflected geographical and occupational identities. Women in rural areas were much slower to adopt veiling because the garments interfered with their work in the fields.BOOK, Esposito, John, Islam: The Straight Path, 1991, Oxford University Press, 99, 3, Since wearing a veil was impractical for working women, "a veiled woman silently announced that her husband was rich enough to keep her idle."Bloom (2002), p.47By the 19th century, upper-class urban Muslim and Christian women in Egypt wore a garment which included a head cover and a burqa (muslin cloth that covered the lower nose and the mouth). The name of this garment, harabah, derives from early Christian and Judaic religious vocabulary, which may indicate the origins of the garment itself. Up to the first half of the twentieth century, rural women in the Maghreb and Egypt put on a form of niqab when they visited urban areas, "as a sign of civilization".BOOK,weblink 276, Religion in Public Spaces: A European Perspective, Silvio Ferrari, Sabrina Pastorelli, Routledge, 2016, Sara Silverstri, Comparing Burqa Debates in Europe, 9781317067542,

Modern history

File:Moslema in style (8093610616).jpg|thumb|left|upright|A model displaying a fashionable hijab at "Moslema In Style Fashion Show" (show for Muslim women apparels) in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMalaysiaWestern clothing largely dominated in Muslim countries the 1960s and 1970s.BOOK, A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, Leila Ahmed, Yale University Press, 2014, WEB,weblink Retro Middle East: The rise and fall of the miniskirt,, August 18, 2013, 23 October 2016, For example, in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, many liberal women wore short skirts, flower printed hippie dresses, flared trousers,Bhutto's Pakistan and went out in public without the hijab.Iranian womens fashionAfghanistan before the war This changed following the Soviet–Afghan War,{{cn|date=August 2019}} military dictatorship in Pakistan, and Iranian revolution of 1979, when traditional conservative attire including the abaya, jilbab and niqab made a comeback.Pakistan's swinging 70sIran before the revolution There were demonstrations in Iran in March 1979, after the hijab law was brought in, decreeing that women in Iran would have to wear scarves to leave the, 3 September 2015, accessed 23 October 2016File:Gamal Abdel Nasser on the Muslim Brotherhood (subtitled).webm|thumb|right|alt=Gamal Abdel Nasser laughing at the Gamal Abdel Nasser laughing at the Muslim Brotherhood for suggesting in 1953 that women should be required to wear the hijab.In 1953 Egyptian leader President Gamal Abdel Nasser was told by the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood that they wanted to enforce the wearing of the hijab, to which Nasser responded, "Sir, I know you have a daughter in college - and she doesn't wear a headscarf or anything! Why don't you make her wear the headscarf? So you can't make one girl, your own daughter, wear it, and yet you want me to go and make ten million women wear it?"The late-twentieth century saw a resurgence of the hijab in Egypt after a long period of decline as a result of westernization. Already in the mid-1970s some college aged Muslim men and women began a movement meant to reunite and rededicate themselves to the Islamic faith.WEB, El Guindi, Fadwa, Zuhur, Sherifa, Ḥijāb,weblink The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, 11 October 2012, JOURNAL, Bullock, Katherine, Challenging Medial Representations of the Veil, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 2000, 17, 3, 22–53, This movement was named the Sahwah,WEB, Elsaie, Adel, Dr.,weblink United States of Islam, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-12-24, or awakening, and sparked a period of heightened religiosity that began to be reflected in the dress code. The uniform adopted by the young female pioneers of this movement was named al-Islāmī (Islamic dress) and was made up of an "al-jilbāb—an unfitted, long-sleeved, ankle-length gown in austere solid colors and thick opaque fabric—and al-khimār, a head cover resembling a nun's wimple that covers the hair low to the forehead, comes under the chin to conceal the neck, and falls down over the chest and back". In addition to the basic garments that were mostly universal within the movement, additional measures of modesty could be taken depending on how conservative the followers wished to be. Some women choose to also utilize a face covering (al-niqāb) that leaves only eye slits for sight, as well as both gloves and socks in order to reveal no visible skin.Soon this movement expanded outside of the youth realm and became a more widespread Muslim practice. Women viewed this way of dress as a way to both publicly announce their religious beliefs as well as a way to simultaneously reject western influences of dress and culture that were prevalent at the time. Despite many criticisms of the practice of hijab being oppressive and detrimental to women's equality, many Muslim women view the way of dress to be a positive thing. It is seen as a way to avoid harassment and unwanted sexual advances in public and works to desexualize women in the public sphere in order to instead allow them to enjoy equal rights of complete legal, economic, and political status. This modesty was not only demonstrated by their chosen way of dress but also by their serious demeanor which worked to show their dedication to modesty and Islamic beliefs.File:Medalists_at_the_Women%27s_57_kg_Taekwandoo.jpg|thumb|TaekwondoTaekwondoControversy erupted over the practice. Many people, both men and women from backgrounds of both Islamic and non-Islamic faith questioned the hijab and what it stood for in terms of women and their rights. There was questioning of whether in practice the hijab was truly a female choice or if women were being coerced or pressured into wearing it. Many instances, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran's current policy of forced veiling for women, have brought these issues to the forefront and generated great debate from both scholars and everyday people.As the awakening movement gained momentum, its goals matured and shifted from promoting modesty towards more of a political stance in terms of retaining support for Pan-Islamism and a symbolic rejection of Western culture and norms. Today the hijab means many different things for different people. For Islamic women who choose to wear the hijab it allows them to retain their modesty, morals and freedom of choice. They choose to cover because they believe it is liberating and allows them to avoid harassment. Many people (both Muslim and non-Muslim) are against the wearing of the hijab and argue that the hijab causes issues with gender relations, works to silence and repress women both physically and metaphorically, and have many other problems with the practice. This difference in opinions has generated a plethora of discussion on the subject, both emotional and academic, which continues today.Ever since September 11, 2001, the discussion and discourse on the hijab has intensified. Many nations have attempted to put restrictions on the hijab, which has led to a new wave of rebellion by women who instead turn to covering and wearing the hijab in even greater numbers.JOURNAL, Winter, Bronwyn, The Great Hijab Coverup, Off Our Backs; A Women's Newsjournal, 2006, 36, 3, 38–40, 20838653, In modern times, Iranian women act to transform the hijab by challenging the regime subsequently reinventing culture and women's identity within Iran. The female Iranian fashion designer, Naghmeh Kiumarsi, challenges the regime's notion of culture through publicly designing, marketing, and selling clothing pieces that feature tight fitting jeans, and a “skimpy” headscarf. The biography on Kiumarsi's (2015) websiteWEB,weblink Naghmeh Kiumarsi Official Website {{!, News||access-date=2019-05-01}} offers, “She believes in the unique style of each person and is convinced that fashion has to help bring out those individual styles. She is optimistic about the creativity of the new generation in Iran and as an artist welcomes these changes.” Kiumarsi embodies her own notion of culture and identity and utilizes fashion to value the differences among Iranian women, as opposed to a single identity under the Islamic dress code. Kiumarsi welcomes the evolution of Iranian culture with the emergence of new style choices and fashion trends. Additionally, the designer's bibliography offers, “She is also a master in fusion designs and fusion fabric connecting the past and the present thus blending cultures to create designs that are modern, colorful yet compatible with social and cultural norms” (Kiumarsi, 2015). Kiumarsi's hijab styles reflect the premise that cultures are fluid and ever changing through combining elements of past, present, and modern cultures in her designs.Women's resistance in Iran is gaining traction as an increasing number of women challenge the mandatory wearing of the hijab. Smith (2017) addressed the progress that Iranian women have made in her article, “Iran surprises by realizing Islamic dress code for women,”NEWS,weblink Iran surprises by relaxing Islamic dress code for women, Istanbul, Hannah Lucinda Smith, 2017-12-29, The Times, 2019-05-01, 0140-0460, published by The Times, a reputable news organization based in the UK. The Iranian government has enforced their penal dress codes less strictly and instead of imprisonment as a punishment have implemented mandatory reform classes in the liberal capital, Tehran. General Hossein Rahimi, the Tehran's police chief stated, “Those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers, nor will judicial cases be filed against them” (Smith, 2017). The remarks of Tehran's recent police chief in 2017 reflect political progress in contrast with the remarks of Tehran's 2006 police chief.WEB,weblink Fashion police get tough in Tehran,, 2019-05-01, Iranian women activists have made a headway since 1979 relying on fashion to enact cultural and political change.

Compulsion and pressure

{{Further|Hijab by country}}Some governments encourage and even oblige women to wear the hijab, while others have banned it in at least some public settings. In many parts of the world women also experience informal pressure for or against wearing hijab, including physical attacks.

Legal enforcement

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires Muslim women to cover their hair and all women have to wear a full-body garment.NEWS, The New Arab (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed), Coverings for women 'not mandatory', says Saudi crown prince ahead of US charm offensive, Mar 20, 2018,weblink NEWS, Saudi Arabia’s dress code for women, The Economist, Jan 28, 2015,weblink Saudi women commonly wear the traditional abaya robe, while foreigners sometimes opt for a long coat. These regulations are enforced by the religious police and vigilantes.In 2002 the Saudi religious police were accused by Saudi and international press of hindering the rescue of schoolgirls from a fire because they were not wearing hijab, which resulted in 15 deaths.NEWS,weblink BBC, Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue, March 15, 2002, In 2018, the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman told CBS News that Saudi law requires women to wear "decent, respectful clothing", and that women are free to decide what form it should take.Iran went from banning all types of veils in 1936 to making Islamic dress mandatory for women following the Islamic Revolution in 1979.Ramezani, Reza (spring 2007). Hijab dar Iran az Enqelab-e Eslami ta payan Jang-e Tahmili [Hijab in Iran from the Islamic Revolution to the end of the Imposed war] (Persian), Faslnamah-e Takhassusi-ye Banuvan-e Shi’ah [Quarterly Journal of Shiite Women] 11, Qom: Muassasah-e Shi’ah Shinasi, pp. 251-300, {{ISSN|1735-4730}} In April 1980, it was decided that women in government offices and educational institutions would be mandated to veil. The 1983 penal code prescribed punishment of 74 lashes for women appearing in public without Islamic hijab (hijab shar'ee), leaving the definition of proper hijab ambiguous.BOOK, Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi'i Women, Elizabeth M. Bucar, Georgetown University Press, 2011,weblink 118, 9781589017528, WEB, Islamic Parliament Research Center, قانون مجازات اسلامی (Islamic Penal Code), see ‌ماده 102 (article 102), Oct 12, 2016,weblink The same period witnessed tensions around the definition of proper hijab, which sometimes resulted in vigilante harassment of women who were perceived to wear improper clothing. In 1984 Tehran's public prosecutor announced that a stricter dress-code should observed in public establishments, while clothing in other places should correspond to standards observed by the majority of the people. A new regulation issued in 1988 by the Ministry of the Interior based on the 1983 law further specified what constituted violations of hijab.BOOK, Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi'i Women, Elizabeth M. Bucar, Georgetown University Press, 2011,weblink 118, "exposure of head, hair, arms or legs, use of makeup, sheer or tight clothing, and clothes with foreign words or pictures", 9781589017528, Iran's current penal code stipulates a fine or 10 days to two months in prison as punishment for failure to observe hijab in public, without specifying its form.BOOK, Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance, Sanja Kelly, Julia Breslin, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010,weblink 126, 9781442203976, BOOK, Space, Culture, and the Youth in Iran: Observing Norm Creation Processes at the Artists' House, Behnoosh Payvar, Springer, 2016,weblink 73, 9781137525703, The dress code has been subject of alternating periods of relatively strict and relaxed enforcement over the years, with many women pushing its boundaries, and its compulsory aspect has been a point of contention between conservatives and the current president Hassan Rouhani.NEWS, Who are Islamic 'morality police'?, BBC, BBC Monitoring, Apr 22, 2016,weblink NEWS,weblink Iranians worry as morality police go undercover, AP/CBS News, Apr 27, 2016, The United Nations Human Rights Council recently called on Iran to guarantee the rights of those human rights defenders and lawyers supporting anti-hijab protests.NEWS,weblink Iran must protect women’s rights advocates, UN OHCHR, May 6, 2019, In governmental and religious institutions, the dress code requires khimar-type headscarf and overcoat, while in other public places women commonly wear a loosely tied headscarf (rousari).{{citation needed|date=October 2016}} Iranian government endorses and officially promotes stricter types of veiling, praising it by invoking both Islamic religious principles and pre-Islamic Iranian culture.Strategies for promotion of chastity (Persian), the official website of Iranian Majlis (04/05/1384 AP, available online)The Indonesian province of Aceh requires Muslim women to wear hijab in public.NEWS, Ban on outdoor music concerts in West Aceh due to Sharia law, Jewel Topsfield, April 7, 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald,weblink Indonesia's central government granted Aceh's religious leaders the right to impose Sharia in 2001, in a deal aiming to put an end to the separatist movement in the province.

Legal bans

Muslim world

The tradition of veiling hair in Iranian culture has ancient pre-Islamic origins,{{Iranica|clothing-ii|CLOTHING ii. In the Median and Achaemenid periods}} but the widespread custom was forcibly ended by Reza Shah's regime in 1936, as he claimed hijab to be incompatible with his modernizing ambitions and ordered "unveiling" act or Kashf-e hijab. The police arrested women who wore the veil and would forcibly remove it, and these policies outraged the Shi'a clerics, and ordinary men and women, to whom appearing in public without their cover was tantamount to nakedness. Many women refused to leave the house out of fear of being assaulted by Reza Shah's police.El-Guindi, Fadwa, Veil: Modesty, Privacy, and Resistance, Berg, 1999 In 1941 the compulsory element in the policy of unveiling was abandoned.Turkey had a ban on headscarves at universities until recently. In 2008 the Turkish government attempted to lift a ban on Muslim headscarves at universities, but were overturned by the country's Constitutional Court.NEWS, Turkey's AKP discusses hijab ruling,weblink Al Jazeera, 6 June 2008, In December 2010, however, the Turkish government ended the headscarf ban in universities, government buildings and schools.NEWS,weblink BBC News, Quiet end to Turkey's college headscarf ban, 31 December 2010, In Tunisia, women were banned from wearing hijab in state offices in 1981 and in the 1980s and 1990s more restrictions were put in place.WEB,weblink Tunisia's Hijab Ban Unconstitutional, 11 October 2007, 2013-04-20, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 20 July 2013, In 2017, Tajikistan banned hijabs. Minister of Culture, Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda, told Radio Free Europe Islamic dress was "really dangerous". Under existing laws, women wearing hijabs are already banned from entering the country's government offices.WEB,weblink Country passes law 'to stop Muslim women wearing hijabs', September 2017, WEB,weblink Majority-Muslim Tajikistan passes law to discourage wearing of hijabs,


File:Hujum.png|thumb|right|A veil-burning ceremony in USSR as part of Soviet Hujum policies ]]On March 15, 2004, France passed a law banning "symbols or clothes through which students conspicuously display their religious affiliation" in public primary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools. In the Belgian city of Maaseik, the niqāb has been banned since 2006.Mardell, Mark. "Dutch MPs to decide on burqa ban", BBC News, January 16, 2006. Accessed June 6, 2008. On July 13, 2010, France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public. It became the first European country to ban the full-face veil in public places, followed by Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria, Austria, Denmark and some cantons of Switzerland in the following years.Belgium banned the full-face veil in 2011 in places like parks and on the streets. In September 2013, the electors of the Swiss canton of Ticino voted in favour of a ban on face veils in public areas.NEWS,weblink The Islamic veil across Europe, 2017, BBC News, 2018-02-05, In 2016, Latvia and Bulgaria banned the burqa in public places.NEWS,weblink A European government has banned Islamic face veils despite them being worn by just three women, 2016-04-21, The Independent, 2018-02-05, NEWS,weblink Another European country just banned the burqa, 2016-10-01, The Independent, 2018-02-05, In October 2017, wearing a face veil became also illegal in Austria. This ban also includes scarves, masks and clown paint that cover faces to avoid discriminating against Muslim dress.NEWS, USA Today, Köksal Baltaci, Austria becomes latest European country to ban burqas — but adds clown face paint, too, Sep 27, 2017,weblink In 2016, Bosnia-Herzegovina's supervising judicial authority upheld a ban on wearing Islamic headscarves in courts and legal institutions, despite protests from the Muslim community that constitutes 40% of the country.NEWS,weblink Bosnian women protest at headscarf ban, 2016-02-07, BBC News, 2018-02-05, WEB,weblink Bosnia Judicial Authorities Uphold Hijab Ban, Despite Protests, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 2018-02-05, In 2017, the European Court of Justice ruled that companies were allowed to bar employees from wearing visible religious symbols, including the hijab. However, if the company has no policy regarding the wearing of clothes that demonstrate religious and political ideas, a customer cannot ask employees to remove the clothing item.NEWSPAPER,weblink Europe's right hails EU court's workplace headscarf ban ruling, Rankin, Jennifer, Oltermann, Philip, 2017-03-14, The Guardian, 2018-02-05, In 2018, Danish parliament passed a law banning the full-face veil in public places.NEWSPAPER,weblink Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab, Staff and agencies, 2018-05-31, The Guardian, 2018-08-15, In 2016, more than 20 French towns banned the use of the burqini, a style of swimwear intended to accord with rules of hijab.NEWS,weblink French ‘Burkini’ Bans Provoke Backlash as Armed Police Confront Beachgoers, ALISSA J. RUBIN, Aug 24, 2016, New York Times, NEWS,weblink Cannes bans burkinis over suspected link to radical Islamism, 12 August 2016, BBC News, 12 August 2016, NEWS,weblink Nice joins growing list of French towns to ban burqini, 19 August 2016, The, 22 August 2016, Dozens of women were subsequently issued fines, with some tickets citing not wearing "an outfit respecting good morals and secularism", and some were verbally attacked by bystanders when they were confronted by the police.NEWS,weblink Burkini ban: Armed police force woman to remove her clothing on Nice beach, Harry Cockburn, Aug 24, 2016, The Independent, NEWS,weblink French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban, Ben Quinn, Aug 23, 2016, The Guardian, NEWS,weblink French burkini ban row escalates after clothing incident at Nice beach, Angelique Chrisafis, Aug 24, 2016, The Guardian, Enforcement of the ban also hit beachgoers wearing a wide range of modest attire besides the burqini. Media reported that in one case the police forced a woman to remove part of her clothing on a beach in Nice. The Nice mayor's office denied that she was forced to do so and the mayor condemned what he called the "unacceptable provocation" of wearing such clothes in the aftermath of the Nice terrorist attack.A team of psychologists in Belgium have investigated, in two studies of 166 and 147 participants, whether the Belgians' discomfort with the Islamic hijab, and the support of its ban from the country's public sphere, is motivated by the defense of the values of autonomy and universalism (which includes equality), or by xenophobia/ethnic prejudice and by anti-religious sentiments. The studies have revealed the effects of subtle prejudice/racism, values (self-enhancement values and security versus universalism), and religious attitudes (literal anti-religious thinking versus spirituality), in predicting greater levels of anti-veil attitudes beyond the effects of other related variables such as age and political conservatism.JOURNAL, 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2009.02.005, Host society's dislike of the Islamic veil: The role of subtle prejudice, values, and religion, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 33, 5, 419–428, 2009, Saroglou, Vassilis, Lamkaddem, Bahija, Van Pachterbeke, Matthieu, Buxant, Coralie, In 2019, Austria banned the hijab in schools for children up to ten years of age. The ban was motivated by the equality between men and women and improving social integration with respect to local customs. Parents who send their child to school with a headscarf will be fined 440 euro.WEB,weblink Österreich verbietet Kopftücher an Grundschulen, Lëtzebuerg, Tageblatt, 2019-05-16,, DE, 2019-05-18, In 2019, Staffanstorp Municipality in Sweden banned all veils for school pupils up to sixth grade.NEWS,weblink Staffanstorp röstade för huvudduksförbud, TT, 2019-05-29, Svenska Dagbladet, 2019-05-31, sv, 1101-2412,

Unofficial pressure to wear hijab

{{see also|Honor killing|Islamization of the Gaza Strip}}Muslim girls and women have fallen victim to honor killings in both the Western world and elsewhere for refusing to wearing the hijab or for wearing it in way considered to be improper by the perpetrators.JOURNAL, Chesler, Phyllis, 2010-03-01, Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings,weblink Middle East Quarterly, Successful informal coercion of women by sectors of society to wear hijab has been reported in Gaza where Mujama' al-Islami, the predecessor of Hamas, reportedly used "a mixture of consent and coercion" to {{"'}}restore' hijab" on urban educated women in Gaza in the late 1970s and 1980s.JOURNAL, 3012687, Women, the Hijab and the Intifada, Middle East Report, 164/165, 24–78, Hammami, Rema, 1990, Similar behaviour was displayed by Hamas itself during the First Intifada in Palestine. Though a relatively small movement at this time, Hamas exploited the political vacuum left by perceived failures in strategy by the Palestinian factions to call for a "return" to Islam as a path to success, a campaign that focused on the role of women.Rubenberg, C., Palestinian Women: Patriarchy and Resistance in the West Bank (USA, 2001) p.230 Hamas campaigned for the wearing of the hijab alongside other measures, including insisting women stay at home, segregation from men and the promotion of polygamy. In the course of this campaign women who chose not to wear the hijab were verbally and physically harassed, with the result that the hijab was being worn "just to avoid problems on the streets".Rubenberg, C., Palestinian Women: Patriarchy and Resistance in the West Bank (USA, 2001) p.231Wearing of the hijab was enforced by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The Taliban required women to cover not only their head but their face as well, because "the face of a woman is a source of corruption" for men not related to them.M. J. Gohari (2000). The Taliban: Ascent to Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 108-110.In Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, a previously unknown militant group calling itself Lashkar-e-Jabbar claimed responsibility for a series of acid attacks on women who did not wear the burqa in 2001, threatening to punish women who do not adhere to their vision of Islamic dress. Women of Kashmir, most of whom are not fully veiled, defied the warning, and the attacks were condemned by prominent militant and separatist groups of the region.NEWS, Popham, Peter (in Delhi),weblink Kashmir women face threat of acid attacks from militants, The Independent, 30 August 2001, 20 April 2013, NEWS,weblink Kashmir women face acid attacks, BBC News, 10 August 2001, 20 April 2013, In 2006, radicals in Gaza have been accused of attacking or threatening to attack the faces of women in an effort to intimidate them from wearing allegedly immodest dress.{{refn|1=In 2006, a group in Gaza calling itself "Just Swords of Islam" is reported to have claimed it threw acid at the face of a young woman who was dressed "immodestly", and warned other women in Gaza that they must wear hijab.WEB,weblink December 2, 2006, Gaza women warned of immodesty,weblink" title="">weblink June 24, 2011, }}In 2014 the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was reported to have executed several women for not wearing niqab with gloves.Syrian Women Face Whipping and Execution for Breaking Sharia Dress CodeIn April 2019 in Norway, telecom company Telia received bomb threats after featuring a Muslim woman taking off her hijab in a commercial. Although the police did not evaluate the threat likely to be carried out, delivering threats is still a crime in Norway.WEB,weblink Telia har mottatt trussel som følge av hijab-reklame, Ripegutu, Halvor, Nettavisen, no, 2019-04-03,

Unofficial pressure against wearing hijab

In recent years, women wearing hijab have been subject of verbal and physical attacks in Western countries, particularly following terrorist attacks.BOOK, Basia Spalek, Muslim women's safety talk and their experience of victimisation, Islam, Crime and Criminal Justice, Basia Spalek, 2013, Routledge,weblink 63–64, 9781134032839, BOOK, Louis A. Cainkar, Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11,weblink Russell Sage Foundation, 2009, 244–245, 9781610447683, NEWS, ‘I’m Frightened’: After Attacks in Paris, New York Muslims Cope With a Backlash, Kirk Semple, New York Times, Nov 25, 2015,weblink WEB, Muslim Hate Crimes Soar In UK: After Paris Attacks, Women Wearing Hijab Targeted By Young White Men, Michelle Mark, International Business Times, Dec 23, 2015,weblink Louis A. Cainkar writes that the data suggest that women in hijab rather than men are the predominant target of anti-Muslim attacks not because they are more easily identifiable as Muslims, but because they are seen to represent a threat to the local moral order that the attackers are seeking to defend. Some women stop wearing hijab out of fear or following perceived pressure from their acquaintances, but many refuse to stop wearing it out of religious conviction even when they are urged to do so for self-protection.Kazakhstan has no official ban on wearing hijab, but those who wear it have reported that authorities use a number of tactics to discriminate against them.NEWS, Farangis Najibullah, Hijab Now A Hot Topic In Kazakhstan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, March 20, 2011,weblink In 2015 authorities in Uzbekistan organized a "deveiling" campaign in the capital city Tashkent, during which women wearing hijab were detained and taken to a police station. Those who agreed to remove their hijab were released "after a conversation", while those who refused were transferred to the counterterrorism department and given a lecture. Their husbands or fathers were then summoned to convince the women to obey the police. This followed an earlier campaign in the Fergana Valley.NEWS, Bruce Pannier, Farruh Yusupov, 'Deveiling' Drive Moves To Uzbekistan's Capital, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, June 14, 2015,weblink In 2016 in Kyrgyzstan the government has sponsored street banners aiming to dissuade women from wearing the hijab.NEWS, BBC, Kyrgyzstan president: 'Women in mini skirts don't become suicide bombers', 13 August 2016, BBC Trending,weblink

Hijab discrimination in the workplace

{{see also|Hijabophobia}}The issue of discrimination of Muslims is more prevalent among Muslim women due to the hijab being an observable declaration of faith. Particularly after the events of 9/11 and the coining of the term Islamophobia, some of Islamophobia's manifestations are seen within the workplace.Tahmincioglu, E. (2010, September 13). Muslims face growing bias in workplace. NBC News. Retrieved fromweblink Women wearing the hijab are at risk of discrimination in their workplace because the hijab helps identify them for anyone who may hold Islamophobic attitudes.JOURNAL, 10.1037/0735-7028.35.6.635, Islam 101: Understanding the Religion and Therapy Implications, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 6, 635–642, 2004, Ali, Saba Rasheed, Liu, William Ming, Humedian, Majeda,, Council on American-Islamic Relations. (2008). The status of Muslim civil rights in the United States. [DX Reader version]. Retrieved from weblink Their association with the Islamic faith automatically projects any negative stereotyping of the religion onto them.Ghumman, S., & Jackson, L. (2010). The downside of religious attire: the Muslim headscarf and expectations of obtaining employment. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31(1), 4-23 As a result of the heightened discrimination, some Muslim women in the workplace resort to taking off their hijab in hopes to prevent any further prejudice acts.JOURNAL, 10.1353/csd.2003.0002, Perspectives and Experiences of Muslim Women Who Veil on College Campuses, Journal of College Student Development, 44, 47–66, 2003, Cole, Darnell, Ahmadi, Shafiqa, A number of Muslim women who were interviewed expressed that perceived discrimination also poses a problem for them.Reeves, T., Mckinney, A., & Azam, L. (2012). Muslim women's workplace experiences: Implications for strategic diversity initiatives. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 32(1), 49-67. To be specific, Muslim women shared that they chose not to wear the headscarf out of fear of future discrimination.The discrimination Muslim women face goes beyond affecting their work experience, it also interferes with their decision to uphold religious obligations. In result of discrimination Muslim women in the United States have worries regarding their ability to follow their religion because it might mean they are rejected employment.Hamdani, D. (2005, March). Triple jeopardy: Muslim women’s experience of discrimination. Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Retrieved fromweblink (do we italicize the council?) Ali, Yamada, and Mahmoud (2015)Ali, S., Yamada, T., & Mahmood, A. (2015). Relationships of the practice of Hijab, workplace discrimination, social class, job stress, and job satisfaction among Muslim American women. Journal of Employment Counseling, 52(4), 146-157 state that women of color who also follow the religion of Islam are considered to be in what is called “triple jeopardy”, due to being a part of two minority groups subject to discrimination.Ali et al. (2015) study found a relationship between the discrimination Muslims face at work and their job satisfaction. In other words, the discrimination Muslim women face at work is associated with their overall feeling of contentment of their jobs, especially compared to other religious groups.Younis, M. (2009, March 2). Muslim Americans exemplify diversity, potential. Gallup. Retrieved fromweblink women not only experience discrimination whilst in their job environment, they also experience discrimination in their attempts to get a job. An experimental study conducted on potential hiring discrimination among Muslims found that in terms of overt discrimination there were no differences between Muslim women who wore traditional Islamic clothing and those who did not. However, covert discrimination was noted towards Muslim who wore the hijab, and as a result were dealt with in a hostile and rude manner.Ahmad, A. S., King, E. B.(2010). An experimental field study of interpersonal discrimination toward Muslim job applicants. Personnel Psychology, 63(4), 881–906 While observing hiring practices among 4,000 employers in the U.S, experimenters found that employers who self-identified as Republican tended to avoid making interviews with candidates who appeared  Muslim on their social network pages.Acquisti, A., & Fong, C. M. (2013). An experiment in hiring discrimination via online social networks. Social Science Research Network. Retrieved fromweblink instance that some view as hijab discrimination in the workplace that gained public attention and made it to the Supreme Court was EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch. The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took advantage of its power granted by Title VII and made a case for a young hijabi female who applied for a job, but was rejected due to her wearing a headscarf which violated Abercrombie & Fitch's pre-existing and longstanding policy against head coverings and all black garments.Harrison, A. K. (2016). Hiding under the veil of “dress policy”: Muslim women, hijab, and employment discrimination in the United States. Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, 17(3), 831Discrimination levels differ depending on geographical location; for example, South Asian Muslims in the United Arab Emirates do not perceive as much discrimination as their South Asian counterparts in the U.S.Pasha-Zaidi, N. (2015). Judging by appearances: Perceived discrimination among South Asian Muslim women in the US and the UAE. Journal of International Women's Studies,16(2), 70-97 Although, South Asian Muslim women in both locations are similar in describing discrimination experiences as subtle and indirect interactions.  The same study also reports differences among South Asian Muslim women who wear the hijab, and those who do not. For non-hijabis, they reported to have experienced more perceived discrimination when they were around other Muslims.Perceived discrimination is detrimental to well-being, both mentally and physically.Pascoe, E. A., & Smart Richman, L. (2009). Perceived discrimination and health: a meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 135(4), 531 However, perceived discrimination may also be related to more positive well-being for the individual.JOURNAL, 10063/1005, Persevere in Adversity: Perrceived Religious Discrimination and Islamic Identity as Predictors of Psychological Wellbeing in Muslim Women in New Zealand, Jasperse, Marieke Lyniska,weblink 2009, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, A study in New Zealand concluded that while Muslim women who wore the headscarf did in fact experience discrimination, these negative experiences were overcome by much higher feelings of religious pride, belonging, and centrality.

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