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  •  As I understand it "hijab" (4+ / 0-)

    seems to refer to modest dress, generally a long-sleeved tunic over pants and a headscarf. It is possible for "hijab" to be stylish, and there are lots of young Muslim women who are hijab fashionistas. "Niqab" is a veil over the lower part of the face and those who wear it would also wear a long dress and scarf/hood kind of thing (which may be "chador" not sure about that one). while a "burqa" is a garment that completely covers a person, with a bit of loosley woven screen-type fabric over the eyes so that the woman can kind of see where she's going and maybe breathe.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:57:53 PM PDT

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    •  That sounds right to me. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't know if the Iranian gov't has ever enforced niqab or a veil, and the chador has generally been the garment of choice, rather than a burqa.

      In my (very limited) experience, burqas in Iran were usually seen on vacationing Sunnis visiting from other countries.

    •  you know, i don't care what the (0+ / 0-)

      official terminology is for these garments but i've started privately calling the women wearing their dusty black outfits "reaper wives". all they need are scythes.

    •  Hijab is the scarf that covers the head and neck (3+ / 0-)

      It can also generically used to refer to modest dress for a women. What constitutes modest dress depends on who you are asking. The traditional "modest" clothing that is worn by women originating from Arab and other Middles Eastern nations is hot and uncomfortable and also greatly limits their ability to participate in physical actives.

      It has been around a 100 degrees here in Southern CA for weeks on end.  I see all this poor women wandering around in their Western style modest dress which constitutes either jeans or a full length skirt, a long sleeve top with a high neckline and the Hijab swathing their head and neck. They must be absolutely miserable. I grew up in a Orthodox Jewish community and was forced to wear similar uncomfortable modest garb (minus the head covering which is only for married women) and I felt like I was being tortured during the hotter months. Being able to dress comfortably was one of the greatest benefits of leaving that life behind.

      Everybody talks about the head covering as if it is no big deal, but it comes along with a lot of other uncomfortable and constricting clothing that severely impacts the quality of the wearer's life. Meanwhile their menfolk are perfectly comfortable in their shorts and t-shirts.

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