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Is the veil an Islamic requirement?
Hijab, niqab, burka - there are lots of different kinds of coverings worn by Muslim women all over the world. Some women wear a headscarf to cover their head and hair, while others wear a burka or niqab, which also covers up their face. Headscarves are seen as a sign of modesty by people who wear them, and a symbol of religious faith, but not everyone agrees with them and in some countries, like France and Denmark, there's a ban on wearing garments that cover the face in public. Here's our guide to the various different types of headscarves:.
Arab girl wearing head cover using tablet
The hijab is a veil worn by some Muslim women in Muslim countries where the main religion is Islam , but also in the Muslim diaspora, countries where Muslim people are minority populations. Wearing or not wearing a hijab is part religion, part culture, part political statement, even part fashion, and most of the time it is a personal choice made by a woman based on the intersection of all four. Wearing a hijab -type veil was once practiced by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women, but today it is primarily associated with Muslims, and it is one of the most visible signs of a person's being a Muslim. The hijab is only one type of veil used by Muslim women today and in the past. There are many different types of veils, depending on customs, interpretation of the literature, ethnicity, geographic location, and political system. These are the most common types, although the rarest of all is the burqa. The word hijab is pre-Islamic, from the Arabic root h-j-b, which means to screen, to separate, to hide from sight, to make invisible. In modern Arabic languages, the word refers to a range of women's proper dress, but none of them include a face covering.
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 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. In 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 Saudi Arabia for Muslims ,   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.