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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 14, 2014 at 18:13

Turkey and Lebanon stand out as polarized around options 4 and 6. The compromise 5-hijab makes no sense to them. The visibility of hair, not the face, seems to make all the difference. One fraction goes for the smallest covering so long as it does not show hair. The other fraction wants to see her face entirely once the hair is visible.

As a Westerner my imagination leads me to some hairy questions. Wouldn't it be a compromise the 4 and 6 fractions could accept if a woman shaved her head? Yes, I noticed, option 4-amira covers the ears as well. ( There is a catch however - the 6-woman's hair does cover her ears on the picture ). On top of the shaved head the woman would wear headphones. Perhaps listening to koranic citations in all modesty.

From a pragmatic standpoint: would it be permissible, in all modesty to be sure, for a woman in Saudia Arabia to wear a wig on top of a niqab?

If one wanted to visit the most female-hair-friendly ( add percentages 5 and 6 ) country in this part of the muslim world where should one go? Lebanon as the winner scores a combined 61.

The big picture I see is this: The focus of the more-than-orthodox islamic world shifted away from the Arabs to Pakistan which emerges as a Saudi-Arabia-light in the headcover-polls.

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