Hijab, Niqab, and Burqa Essay

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Hijab, niqab and burqa

The hijab, niqab and burqa are head and full body dresses that are traditional to Islam. While these accessories and clothes have some similarities, there are some differences to be highlighted. The hijab is a veil that

mainly covers the head, but also covers the chest. This veil is worn mostly by women who have reached the age of puberty. The veil is usually worn in public or in the presence of males that are not a part of the

immediate family. The hijab represents a sense of modesty and it is said in Islam that the hijab also separates the world from God, thus, a divine accessory. While the above is a metaphorical separation, the hijab also

has a physical separation, which is said to separate women
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eyes are fully exposed. The niqab also means veil, similar to the meanings of hijab and burqa. Again, the niqab is worn by Muslim women in public or when males are around and are not a part of the immediate

family. The niqab is usually worn in Arab countries such as Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

These three types of veils are judged by westerners or people that are not a part of the Islamic belief system, as a tool of oppression. This veil, whether it be the hijba, burqa or the niqab is seen by many as an

accessory that suppresses and subjects women to men and patriarchal powers. As a result, many fail to see the religious importance of this accessory and how deeply this accessory may be tied to the woman’s

devotion to God, to her husband and to her family. The veil is viewed by many wearers as a sign of respect for one’s body and a respect for this body to only be seen by the woman’s husband. Since women are the

predominant wearers of this piece, it does seem to be an accessory to remind women that they are inferior to men. However, when speaking to Muslim women about the wearing of any of the three veils, their

perspective is usually highlighted with the goals of modesty, respect, privacy and a dedication to the divine, in which the head dress or the full garment represents when wearing it. In fact, it is insulting to some

women when the hijab, niqab or burqa are judged as tools of

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