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Hijab (Islamic clothing)

LC control no.sh2003011748
LC classificationBP190.5.H44
Topical headingHijab (Islamic clothing)
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Variant(s)Head scarves, Islamic
Head scarves, Muslim
Headscarves, Islamic
Headscarves, Muslim
Islamic head scarves
Islamic headscarves
Islamic scarves
Muslim head scarves
Muslim headscarves
Muslim scarves
Scarves, Islamic
Scarves, Muslim
See alsoIslamic clothing and dress
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Muslim women--Clothing
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Burqas (Islamic clothing)
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Found inWork cat.: Djavann, Chahdortt. Bas les voiles! c2003: p. 11, etc. (hijabe)
Google search, Dec. 3, 2003 (Hijab: covering the head and body of Muslim women; some consider covering the face to be required, while a majority do not; from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to hide from view or conceal; modest covering of a Muslim woman; a scarf that covers the head, neck and throat; sometimes called a veil, but more accurately a cloak; Islamic head scarf)
Amer. heritage dict. (hijab: meaning 1. the headscarf worn by Muslim women, sometimes including a veil that covers the face except for the eyes)
Encyclopedia of Islam, new ed.: v. 3 (Ḥidjāb [rom.], in the context of the Koran, the Arabic word literally means a "separation"; following the Muslim practice of dressing modestly, the word refers to the veil (or cloth) used to conceal the head and face, as well as the institution itself. The word has had other connotations throughout Islamic history, including various Sufi or mystical meanings. The institution is practiced within Islam by the wearing of a wide variety of contemporary modest dress, e.g., buraq, niqab (face veil), khimar (veil or headscarf), abaya (long robe), etc.)
Wikipedia, viewed on Sept. 12, 2006 (Hijab; Ḥijāb [Arabic rom.], the word is often used in news reports and commonly used, by both Muslims and non-Muslims, to refer to a headscarf. In Islamic scholarship, hijab has a larger more general meaning: dressing modestly. The word is the Arabic term for "barrier" or dressing modestly. The Quran orders Muslims to dress in a "modest" fashion. Muslim scholars differ on what should be covered, or what may be exposed, and Muslim communities have interpreted the practice in many ways. Stricter interpretations of women's modest dress mean that women must be completely covered with veils or cloaks when outside their home. Examples of this are: burqas, where the eyes are not visible; the abaya or loose robe, worn with hijab or headcovering, and, the niqab or face veil. Some countries refer to hijab as "purdah" (e.g., India, Pakistan). The word "hijab" frequently refers to the headscarf worn by many Muslim women around the world with various forms of dress. It most often refers to a scarf which is folded diagonally and worn over the head to cover the hair, ears, and throat, but not the face. Interpreting hijab only as a headscarf is incorrect, however, this usage is extremely common in Western societies.)