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Historically Inaccurate!

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in response to reader comment: Prostitutes had to wear hijab 7000 years ago

Submitted by Maize (United States), Sep 18, 2011 at 04:36

What a load of bunk. It's arguably possible that 7000 years ago in Sumer sacred prostitutes wore head coverings. But the Sumerians were conquered by people who were more closely related to today's Arabs, and by 2600-odd years ago, when the Assyrians were worshipping the same set of Gods and living in the same areas, they actually wrote down the first laws requiring veiling. Those laws *allowed* respectable women to wear veils, but forbade it for prostitutes on pain of death. This was the Middle Assyrian Law: "Neither (wives) of (seigniors) nor (widows) nor (Assyrian women) who go out on the street may have their heads uncovered. The daughters of a seignior...whether it is a shawl or a robe or a mantle, must veil themselves...When they go out on the street alone, they must veil themselves. A concubine who goes out on the street with her mistress must veil herself. A sacred prostitute whom a man married must veil herself on the street, but one whom a man did not marry must have her head uncovered on the street; she must not veil herself. A harlot must not veil herself; her head must be uncovered."

Anyway... It's far more likely that this is the source of the Hijab than is the 7000 year old practice.

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