Islamic Faith and Clothing

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Islamic Faith and Clothing

Islamic Faith and Clothing

HijabThe hijab is most the popular veil in western culture. It consists of one or two scarves that cover the head and neck.

NiqabThe niqab is a full body cover that leaves only the eyes and sometimes part of the forehead uncovered. It is most common in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

ChadorThe chador is similar to the niqab in that it is a full body cover. However, unlike the niqab, the chador leaves the face entirely uncovered.

Why do women wear it?The use of the hijab and other veils by Muslim women is for a variety of reasons. Some wear the hijab to differenciate themselves from other cultures, and others to bring themselves closer to God. In many Muslim-dominant countries, women are required by law to wear the hijab or other veils in public or in the presence of men.The most common reason for the use of the hijab is their strong value of modesty and to prevent themselves from being objectified.

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Relation to Religious BeliefsThe Qur'an states that Muslim women should dress modestly. This has been interpreted in many different ways, from wearing long sleeves and skirts to completely covering one's body from head to toe in a burqa. The hijab and other forms of veils are all results of different interpretations of what the Qur'an really means when it says to dress modestly. Although there are many references in the Qur'an to Mohammad's wives veiling themselves, it is not directly stated that women are required to wear hijabs or other veils.

StereotypesThe hijab is often considered by other groups, especially western cultures, to be a symbol of oppression of women. Many people see the dress code of Muslim women as something that is forced onto them by men. Another stereotype that came to being after the 9/11 atacks in New York was the association of terrorism with Muslims. Many women find that they are targets for terrorist stereotyping because the hijab is so easily linked to the Islamic faith.

BurqaThe burqa is a full-body veil. The face and hands are completely covered, and the woman sees through a mesh screen. It is most common in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


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