Thursday, May 5, 2016

What’s That You’re Wearing? A Guide to Muslim Veils

By Russell Goldman
Illustration by Antonio de Luca
They are banned in France, mandated in Saudi Arabia and a fashion statement in Indonesia. Veils for Muslim women come in all sizes, shapes and colors — and with terminology that can mean different things in different places. The Quran is oblique in its references to “hijab,” which is described not as an article of clothing but something akin to a curtain or “separation” that allows for privacy. Here’s a guide to how that looks around the Muslim world: Abaya, Burqa, Chador, Hijab, Jilbab, Khimar, Niqab [link]