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Women covering their heads in a mosque

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Submitted by Gail (Israel), May 6, 2016 at 02:28

I don't agree with your comparison about women donning head coverings when in a mosque. Many religions have that tradition - for example most women in north America wore head coverings when in Church right into the 50s and 60s at least, and I believe it was mandatory for Catholic women until the 70s. So the idea of covering your head in a sacred space would have been part of their own tradition as well. But definitely wearing a head covering or hijab when not in a mosque would have to be seen as caving in on ones own values.

An exception might conceivably be made when visiting countries where women are required by law to wear them (since one is required to obey the law in countries one visits) but then in might be best if only women who have diplomatic immunity are sent on ambassadorial missions to those places.

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