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Submitted by ghaber (United States), Feb 12, 2015 at 19:01

torah, I believe, specifically says she disguised herself by wearing a veil.

among Muslims, Jewish women in the past were FORBIDDEN to wear a veil, since Muslim prostitutes were forbidden to wear a veil; muslims tried to make jewish women look like prostitutes.

I believe this is discussed in Bat Ye'or's book on the Dhimmi, or "infidels" in the Muslim world.

i write on Sumptuary Law, laws permitting, forbidding or forcing clothing on women, by rank or minority group status. please see my contribution in a recent book called Women in Clothes. Jewish women

in Muslim and Christian societies were (as well as men) FORCED to wear distinctive/demeaning clothing or to be without good clothing so as to demean and also identify them. Also to prevent mixing

the "pure" rulers with "impure" minority groups. Muslims also forced Christians to wear enormous heavy crosses. this shows that if you have to mark a group, you cannot identify them. Nazis alleged they could identify a Jew. If physiologically distinct, why the need to mark them with a yellow star/band?

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