iOS app Android app

Niqab

Muslims Gain Freedom In Middle East, Lose It In Europe

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 07.07.2011 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has approved a law that "benefits" more or less 2,000 burqa-clad women, who were subjected to patriarchal oppression. Much to my surprise, the law is being rigidly enforced.

Judging A (Holy) Book By Its Cover: Personal Appearance and Faith

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

While the Quran does not directly link piety with having a beard, many Muslim communities have developed a vague expectation that pious or devout Muslim men ought to have beards.

Demystifying the Burqa

Harris Zafar | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Harris Zafar

All eyes are on France this week, as their ban of Islamic veils went into effect on Monday. Extremists on opposite sides of this debate have engaged in a virtual tug-of-war, and Muslim women are the rope.

Know Your Veils: A Guide To Middle Eastern Head Coverings (PHOTOS)

Anne Sobel | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion
Anne Sobel

Next time you are having dinner with a Bahraini dignitary, don't embarrass yourself by confusing the Queen's abaya with a burqa.

WATCH: Powerful Afghan Show Lets Muslim Women Speak Against Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new Afghan television program is hoping to provide a forum for local women to speak out against widespread abuse, rape and other issues, CNN is repo...

What Not To Wear: Dictating Islamic Fashion In France

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

The burqa ban is really less about preserving women's freedom and more about the underlying discomfort that many in France have over the growth of Islam and the increasing assertion of Muslim identity in the public sphere.

Why Single Out Muslim Women?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

We are all too ready to conflate religious fundamentalism with terrorism where Muslims are concerned, though we don't do so nearly as much when it comes to other faiths.

Burqa Bans From an American Muslim's Perspective

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Banning and denigrating a cultural tradition simply divides communities and engenders anger and resentment in a way that is not constructive toward building a multicultural society.

I See Belgium, I See France: I See the Burqa's Last Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

For some governments, banning burqas about placing a legal element of moderation on public dress. Worldwide today, total nudity is usually illegal, these governments are simply saying that the other extreme is also not acceptable.

Poetic Justice in a Pint Sized Pistol: Hissa Hillal, Live! from The Land of Invisible Women

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

This is why Hissa Hillal's poetry is such a colossal cultural moment: not merely because one Saudi woman has had the courage to speak out, but because of the cascading, tumultuous conversation this will certainly uncork. Like a gathering storm, a cloudburst of cultural rebellion is mounting.

Europe's Great Cover Up!

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

France is now poised to enact legislation making it illegal to wear the burqa (full body covering) and the niqab (face veil). And a growing number of ...

Don't Ban the Burqa, Just Shun Its Use

Alex Wilhelm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alex Wilhelm

At the risk of estranging my humanist and feminist friends and readers, I have to stand against the banning of the burqa not just out of respect for liberty, but also for the second reason: it could hurt women more than help them.

Ambassador Discovers Bride Is Bearded, Cross-Eyed Behind Veil

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An Arab ambassador in Dubai has had his marriage annulled after discovering that his bride, behind her veil, was bearded and cross-eyed. The couple h...

Man Denied French Citizenship Because Wife Wears Veil

Huffington Post | Adam Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Moroccan man has been denied French citizenship because he demanded his French wife wear a full-face Islamic veil, Reuters reports. "It emerged d...

What's Under Your Burka, Barbie?

Mona Eltahawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mona Eltahawy

Who needs Ken when Burka Barbie can have Angry Bearded Muslim Man as her companion? (I want my share of royalties for that idea).

Sarkozy: Full Veil Not Welcome In France

The Guardian | Lizzy Davies Paris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nicolas Sarkozy last night threw his weight behind moves to ban the full Islamic veil in France, calling for an "unambiguous" parliamentary resolution...

Egypt Plans To Ban Full Veils

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Egypt's highest Muslim authority has said he will issue a religious edict against the growing trend for full women's veils, known as the niqab....

Saudi Arabia: Awtan TV Presenters Break New Ground By Wearing Niqab

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Until recently you would never have seen women presenting television programmes dressed from head to toe in the niqab or burqa. But on the Saudi relig...

Face Veil Debate Resurfaces in Egypt as Court Upholds University Exam Niqab Ban

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meedan

In the latest episode of what is becoming an increasingly contentious debate, an Egyptian court banned women students from wearing the full-face veil -- the niqab -- in university exams.

Egypt: Al-Azhar University To Ban Face Veil In Women's Classes, Dorms (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Egypt's Al-Azhar university said Thursday it would ban the niqab or face veil from female classrooms and dormitories, according to AFP. "The Supreme ...

Sarkozy Hiding Behind the Burqa

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

"What does Sarkozy think? Outlawing burqas is going to make these women walk outside in a sundress?" asked one social worker. "They just won't leave home as often. He is sentencing them to prison!"

Sarkozy is Not Welcome in a Burka

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Rehab

Is there a real difference between France or Turkey forcing women to remove their veils, and Saudi Arabia or Iran forcing them to keep them on?