The historical context of the hijab

A must read article by Ola Salem in the Washington Post:

This complex history exposes how Westerners concerned that wearing a hijab signifies Islamic extremism are misreading the garment’s significance. As the Egyptian case illustrates, women adopt the hijab for complex reasons tied to politics, fashion, entertainment and religion, not simply because they embraced extreme strains of Islam. Policing religious garments represents cultural misunderstanding and bigotry — and it might just lead to more women wearing the hijab over time, as occurred in the wake of Nasser’s repressive regime in Egypt.

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