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Best opposition to head covering will come from Muslim women

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in response to reader comment: nishi you nailed it

Submitted by Rajeev (United States), Oct 9, 2010 at 02:18

Dear Dr Pipes:

A lot of us see veils, hijab's, and burqas as signs of women's subjugation. We also find them as a threat to our way of life and a security risk. While governmental bans on burqas and other head coverings are good because they send the right message, probably there is no need to enforce these bans. The number of muslim women who live in western cities, is much larger than the muslim women who wear veils (or else we would have seen many more veils on the streets than we actually do). That shows that a very large number of Muslim women choose not to wear head-covers. And, it is likely that the ones who choose to wear hijabs, do so more to drive a point than to acknowledge the inherent utility of Hijab.

After all is said and done, regressive practices die their own death. When an opposition to hijabs comes from Muslim women, that opposition will be the best opposition. And the time when it happens is not too far.

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