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Productive uses of Hijab

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas as Security Threats

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 9, 2015 at 17:46

Dear Dr Pipes,

I have supported you in your calling Burqa, Hijab and Nikab as security threats but apparently in some non-Muslim societies Hijab is being accepted as a useful product. Like it or not, I was told that many non-Muslim women in India are using what looks like a hijab to 1) save themselves from dust and severe heat and 2) save themselves from being recognized. The second point needs some elaboration: if you are going to meet a boyfriend in a conservative society, you might benefit if you hide as much of you as possible from piercing eyes.

I have not changed sides all of a sudden but if an object has some positive uses, it becomes a product. It might be due to global warming or to women's need to find easy ways to hide themselves or to aggressive use of Hijab in every society, Hijab may make an entry into the non-muslim world as a potentially useful product.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Interesting about the assignations.

I don't care for the hijab but I have never called for its prohibition in public - just as I have not called for the banning of loud plaid jackets in public.

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