The Tunisian government looks upon the wearing of the ‘hijab’ as a ‘political’ statement. An interesting article from a country which is 98% Muslim and yet sees the traditional veil as a sign of ‘radical’ opposition to its more moderate Muslim lifestyle.
Response: Some Muslims in America and the Western world claim that wearing the ‘hijab’ is necessary for those who are serious about their Muslim faith. However, women wearing the Muslim garb in Southern California substantially did not start showing up in malls and in public till after 9/11. Many since that time have decided to stand up for their religion in this more visible way.
My questions: 1. Is it really religiously necessary for Muslim women? or 2. Is it merely a cultural tradition? and 3. Does it signify a more radical approach to Islam?
I really don’t know the answers to those questions.
However, is Tunisia a case in point?
There are many serious Muslims in that country but only a few choose to wear the old traditional wear. It has become a symbol for those who support a more radical approach to Islam, including the establishment of ’sharia law’.
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