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Response to Hijab

April 29, 2008 by farmosa

I would have to disagree that a hijab is a command for all women in Islam. In contemporary Islamic thought, or better said Muslim feminism, the argument for a hijab is re-interpreted. The Qur’an does not explicitly command the woman to wear a hijab, it commands her to be modest and cover her chest when it public. The question of covering appears in the Qur’an when it comes to the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him. It advises them to cover so not to be recognized or bothered because they are  the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him. Furthermore, the elite or high class women covered to portray their status in the society.

I know that some will argue that this is a western perspective on covering or the hijab, but once again going back to the political perspectives, all the rules and regulations were implemented during Dynasties and empires, thus, it is reasonable to say that culture and tradition  became intertwined with religion in order to justify patriarchy. 

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