Muslim Attitudes to Women’s Headwear Revealed

Alex Spillius, Telegraph (London), January 10, 2014

A survey of how women should dress in the Muslim world has found that most women would prefer that a woman completely cover her hair but not necessarily her face.

Only in Turkey and Lebanon, the most secular countries in the region, do more than one-in-four think it is appropriate for a woman to not cover her head at all in public.

Research by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research has been put into a handy graphic and analysed by the Pew Research Centre.

Survey

The university surveyed attitudes in seven major Muslim-majority countries: Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt.

The degree to which women cover their hair in public is of course a major issue across the region. Answers suggested that the Arab spring has done little to alter attitudes.

Respondents were shown six cards with various types of head cover, ranging from the fully covering burka to none at all.

The most conservative responses were displayed in Saudi Arabia. Sixty two per cent of respondents there said that women should wear the niqab, the headdress that allows over a narrow slit over the eyes. In Iraq and Pakistan, 32 per cent and 31 per cent of respondents respectively judged the cloaklike hijab (3rd from the left in the graphic), which reveals the full face, to be most appropriate.

The most popular was the more designed hijab (4th from the left), which was approved by a majority in Tunisia and Egypt, and a large minority in Turkey and Iraq. The research did not reveal the gender of respondents.

It also asked if women should be allowed to choose their own clothing.

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  • pcmustgo

    headscarfs not the problem, the violence in that religion is. Headscarfs are just a symbol for them.

  • Whitetrashgang

    I think the First Lady should start wearing one, and maybe carry a AK-47 around just in case the scarf comes off.

    • IstvanIN

      The “first lady” should wear a head to toe refrigerator box.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well that could be the new fad in the hood, save on soap and clothes. The only problem is when they start shooting each other over who has the better box.

  • Spartacus

    Middle-eastern women are hideous,so the more of themselves they cover, the better .

    • IstvanIN

      The Queen consort of Jordon isn’t half bad:

      • Spartacus

        The exception that confirms the rule 😉

        • IstvanIN

          Perhaps. There is an old saying: “why do Arabs grow mustaches? So they can look like their mothers”.

      • Whitetrashgang

        She is White, from the USA.

        • IstvanIN

          Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Tulkarm. She attended the New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait, then received a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from American University, she worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, followed by a job with Apple Inc. in Amman.[1]

        • Anna Tree

          Maybe you confuse with queen Noor, the widow of King Hussein. As the King’s fourth spouse, she was queen consort of Jordan between 1978 and 1999. Since her husband’s death in 1999, she has been queen dowager of Jordan.
          A United States citizen by birth, and of Christian Syrian,[1] English, and Swedish descent, she acquired Jordanian citizenship and renounced her American citizenship at the time of her marriage.

          She was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Najeeb Halaby (Christian Syrian descent) and Doris Carlquist (Swedish descent). Her father was an aviator, airline executive, and government official. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Truman administration, before being appointed by John F. Kennedy to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Najeeb Halaby had a successful private-sector career, serving as CEO of Pan American World Airways from 1969 to 1972. The Halabys had two children following Lisa; a son, Christian, and a younger daughter, Alexa. They divorced in 1977.

          Noor’s paternal grandfather, Najeeb Elias Halaby, a Syrian immigrant, was a petroleum broker, according to 1920 Census records.[2] Merchant Stanley Marcus, however, recalled that in the mid-1920s, Halaby opened Halaby Galleries, a rug boutique and interior-decorating shop, at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas, Texas,
          and ran it with his Texas-born wife, Laura Wilkins (1889–1987, later Mrs. Urban B. Koen). Najeeb Halaby died shortly afterward, and his estate was unable to continue the new enterprise.[3]

          According to research done in 2010 for the PBS series Faces of America by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of Harvard University, her great-grandfather, Elias Halaby, came to New York around 1891, one of the earliest Syrian immigrants to the United States. He had been a Christian and provincial treasurer (magistrate) in the Ottoman Empire.
          He left Syria with his two eldest sons. His wife Almas and remaining children joined him in the United States in 1894. He died three years later, leaving his teenage sons, Habib, and Najeeb (her paternal grandfather), to run his import business. Najeeb moved to Dallas around 1910 and fully assimilated into American society.[1]

    • Max Krakah

      they have such long beautiful black hair though…. on their arms and upper lip!

  • JohnEngelman

    This would have been a more interesting survey if it had separated male and female opinions of how women should dress.

    • IstvanIN

      You do realize that muslims don’t care about women’s opinions?

      • Bossman

        I’m presently reading the Koran just for fun. Apparently according to the Koran, it is OK to rape a female slave.

        • IstvanIN

          Muslims are such a Jim-dandy people.

        • Whitetrashgang

          So your moving to the middle east?

          • Bossman

            No! The Koran looks like a book of fables and is forever threatening people with punishment. You could call it the first terrorist book.

    • Bossman

      Do you think it would matter? I cannot understand how Arabs and other Muslims can be so hypnotized by the Koran. BTW, it says in the Koran (Qu’ran) that old women who are no longer attractive can take off their outer garments in public.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Thank God.

      • Max Krakah

        yes, they are totally backwards!

  • Max Krakah

    why not just use a paper bag?

  • Max Krakah

    The men who voted that the woman cover everything were the married ones!

  • dd121

    Twenty years ago most muslim women in the US did not wear any head cover. Now they do and it has nothing to do with religion. It’s a political statement and expression of their hatred toward everything West.

  • MikeofAges

    I doubt very much the Koran describes appropriate dress in any exact and definitive detail. What the Koran directs are such things as dressing modestly and using language properly. The burqa, headscarf and eye veil are products of culture.

    • Anna Tree

      islam is not only the koran, it is also the ahadith (teachings and sayings of “prophet” mohamed) and the sira, his biography also known as sunnah (his life as a compass for what to do, halal, and not to do, haram).

      He didn’t want other muslims to look at his wives so he made his sock puppet allah order his wife to be veiled. And that’s why muslims and muslimas will want women to be covered too.

      The time for the hijjab (veil) is when muslim girls and women have reached
      sexual maturity (that can be also the case for married 6 year old as child
      bride is allowed in islam because
      “prophet” mohamed himself married a child Aisha, his 3rd wife). They can be
      viewed only by those who possess them, i.e. family or husband. So the veil actually means that girls or women are ready for sex with a husband. One of
      the word for female in Arabic is genital, awrah, that is all her body is genital therefore must be covered. On the contrary the Western Civilization forbids undecency because we don’t think girls and women should be only a message of sex.

  • Magician

    I am just curious, when male muslim refugees or immigrants first land in a Western nation, and see all those beautiful young women without anything covering their head, what do they think? Do they immediately despise each and every woman without a burka on? and think to himself, the next thing to do is rape them and stone them to death?

    • Anna Tree

      Well, it seems more or less, do you remember that “Australian” muslim cleric who claimed that women who do not wear the veil are like ‘uncovered meat’ who attract sexual predators? :

      In a Ramadam sermon in a Sydney mosque, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, the nation’s most senior Muslim cleric, suggested that a group of Muslim men recently jailed for many years for gang rapes were not entirely to blame. He compared immodestly-dressed women who do not wear the Islamic headdress with meat that is left uncovered in the street and is then eaten by cats.

      Addressing 500 worshippers on the topic of adultery, Sheik al-Hilali added: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it..whose fault is it – the cats or the uncovered meat?
      “The uncovered meat is the problem.”

      He went on: “If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab (veil), no problem would have occurred.”
      Women, he said, were ‘weapons’ used by Satan to control men.


      And then our liberal leftists jump on the wagon, throwing the women under the bus to respect islam: Oslo Prof. of Anthropology U. Wikan, said Norwegian women must take responsibility for the fact that muslims find their manner of dress provocative, the women must adapt to the multicultural society.

      BUT it’s not only “unclad” women who are raped by muslims. islam doesn’t ask the men to control themselves but the women to hide themselves. Even women in burkas have been raped in muslim countries.

      That said, I agree that indecency, drunkness, provocation etc is wrong. But as an allegory, stealing from an unlocked house or car is still stealing.

      That which a society sanctions, it gets more of. How much individual freedom vs. health of a society is the question… In my opinion “radical personal freedom” doesn’t trump every other issue, that be gay adoption or religious dogmas or atheist moral relativism or one full generation deciding to bring children only at age 35+ or legalization of drugs or the normalization of spouse swapping or the epidemic of debauchery in our colleges or the lewd way some girls and women dress. This is weakening our civilization and make it a target from enemies.

      • Anna Tree

        And then our liberal leftists jump on the wagon, throwing the women under the bus to respect islam: Oslo Prof. of Anthropology U. Wikan, said Norwegian women must take responsibility for the fact that muslims find their manner of dress provocative, the women must adapt to the multicultural society.

        BUT it’s not only “unclad” women who are raped by muslims. islam doesn’t ask the men to control themselves but the women to hide themselves. Even women in burkas have been raped in muslim countries.

        That said, I agree that indecency, drunkness, provocation etc is wrong. But as an allegory, stealing from an unlocked house or car is still stealing.

        That which a society sanctions, it gets more of. How much individual freedom vs. health of a society is the question… In my opinion “radical personal freedom” doesn’t trump every other issue, that be gay adoption or religious dogmas or atheist moral relativism or one full generation deciding to bring children only at age 35+ or legalization of drugs or the normalization of spouse swapping or the epidemic of debauchery in our colleges or the lewd way some girls and women dress. This is weakening our civilization and make it a target from enemies.

  • Magician

    As soon as a woman is forced to wear or not to wear something against her own will, that automatically means her freedom is interfered and she is oppressed…

    Islam is pretty much the only “cult” on earth that oppresses its own women. Sikhs, hindu women are free to wear anything they want.

  • Magician

    Feminists are very scared of being labeled a racist…. whenever feminists criticize anyone it is always straight white men.

    When it comes to criticizing non-white men, they always respond with a deafening silence.

  • Anna Tree

    I think that in the liberal leftist mind, there is a hierarchy of importance: environment is important, but racism is more: therefore they will never say that Africans are doing too many kids. Another example is islam vs homosexuality, in a conflict of interest, support to islam will win over the homosexuals, and indeed islam actually wins over women’s rights as well.

    Not all underdogs are equal !

    • WR_the_realist

      Also those same progressives say overpopulation is a problem so criticize any white family with four or more children, while favoring a flood of illegal immigrants having big families.

  • Irishgirl

    Well put.

  • Mark Hillyard

    1 Cor 11:15″but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.”

    What are the Muhamadams worry? I suppose it might be that they recognize that they are ugly and women are pretty.

    Customs are pretty strange things when I think about them. When a teen I thought real tight jeans were cool, but now they only look good on some women.

    16 “If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.” Apparently it was custom for women to wear a veil while praying but then it was custom and not law.
    I think Liberty, and Freedom are fearful things to a people who would insult a god by sticking their rear ends up in it’s face. I’d say “stand up and face me like a man and stop groveling. When God decided to meet certain prophets they all fell on their faces and God would touch them and tell them to stand up. However if a person has been personally corrected by God you don’t know what to do as it is a very frightening situation. It’s also very personal and you are very aware that you are confronted with Majesty beyond human understanding.

  • Korean guy

    There are some YouTube video clips of Western women who have converted to islam and roughly 95% of them are from England. But then again UK has a lot more people than the neighboring countries such as Sweden or Norway.

    In Canada very few white indigenous women convert to Islam. I have seen several but they are so rare it is negligible. Most indigenous folks in Canada do not even have any knowledge about Islam.

    There are some fair-skinned women who wear burkas in Canada, but they are from Turkey or immigrants from other muslim dominant countries and happen to be fair-skinned. Also, most Iranian women in Canada do not wear anything around her heads.

    I will also acknowledge that there rarely is any conflict between muslims and non-muslims in Canada. There are of course quite a few muslims but they never damage Christian Churches or assault non-muslims or ever complain about Christmas trees or carols they see and hear in public during Christmas seasons.

    Me? I was raised by devout Christian parents

    • Anna Tree

      Korean guy, your mistake is to not take demographic percentages into account. There is less than 3% muslims in Canada, there is more than 5% muslims in England. More Muslim in a country, more hellish it is:

      More than 3% and they ask for special rights (halal food, swimming pool muslim hours, veiled driving license photos etc) (USA etc), more than 5% and riots, rapes, gang rapes begin (France etc), more than 10% and demand of autonomy, terrorism, FGM, honor killings and forced teen marriage etc increase, more than 20% and it’s intifada and large scale terrorism (India, Israel etc), more than 40% and the country turn Muslim (Lebanon etc) etc

      And then it’s ethnic/religious/racial cleaning:
      Muslim countries statistics:
      In 10 the muslim population is 100%, in 9 nations it is 99%, in 15 nations the muslim population is between 90 and 98% and in another nine nations it is between 80 and 89%. In seven nations it is between 70 and 79%.

      • Magician

        What is scary is the birthrate among muslims are very high. And I am kinda amused that most people in France including some of well-known athletes and their wives are ethnically Algerian including the famous footballer known for headbutting another guy, Zidane

        Do the muslims in Europe, in areas where it is more than 5% muslim, mostly target other muslim women when they commit sex crimes? It appears 50% are ethnically French, and the rest aren’t.

        • Anna Tree

          They don’t have to do so many kids, I don’t remember reading this as a request from their prophet or god. On the contrary family planning is okay as per islam. It is solely for a take over purpose of non-muslim countries, or at least for strengthening islam in those countries, beside converting and intimidation. This is really the jihad of the womb.

          Zidane converted to Christianity. He headbutted the other guy because that other guy cursed Zidane’s mom. That is a no-no for muslim/Arabs.

          Most people in France? Not yet… hopefully never: hopefully France will be against only for French…

          muslims like all the others target mostly white girls and women but they also rape and gang-rape others and notably non-religious muslimas to force them to islam and/or the hijab. They call those gan-rapes “tournantes” in the ‘neighborhoods’. Tournante used to be for whites the ping-pong game with many players going round the ping-pong table… 🙁

          What do you mean by “It appears 50% are ethnically French, and the rest aren’t.”?

          If you meant that muslims are 50% ethnically French, this is not true. Yes there are converts, mostly women married to muslims and criminals converted in jails, but most muslims are North Africans, not French, so not white:

          North Africans had periods of genetic isolation, since the migration from the Middle East as per the Out of Africa theory, and they were/are called notably Berbers but in between North Africa attracted migrators from Iberia (nowaday Spain, so European DNA), East Africa and Sub-Africa. In the last few thousand year, it was occupied by the Phoenicians (Levantine whites), Romans (Mediterranean whites), Vandals (Nordic whites, read about Carthage) and Byzantines (Levantine whites). And then was conquered by the Arabs (Semite whites but by then significantly mixed with blacks too), who sometimes kidnapped and enslaved Europeans and even Americans via piracy.

          So North Africa is a mosaic of European, Sub-Saharan African and West Asian DNA. Most will look Berber or Arab, many could look like Spanish and a few will be with fair skin and hair and blue eyes.

          • Magician

            The victims of sex crimes committed by muslims in France?

          • Anna Tree

            France doesn’t keep record of race or religion so I don’t know if such information exist but I would assume that like in other European countries, much more than 50% of the victims are French, I presume most are French. Most of the attackers are muslims or blacks (one black serial rapist even acknowledge at his trial that he rape white women because of their white guilt) . The “youths” (muslims) are also attacking non-religious muslim girls as I wrote earlier but there are not so numerous as the French girls, and muslim girls are more and more religious, and why attacking your friend’s sister when the beautiful blond won’t have anybody to defend her…

      • IstvanIN

        Look at what the Muslims in Asian countries such as Thailand and the Philippines do! China gets off because they keep a boot on their Muslim population.

        • Anna Tree

          Yes:
          * Muslims are 10% of the Thai population.
          * The Muslim population of the Philippines is between 5% to 9%
          BUT is 10% in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) the region of the Philippines that is composed of all the Philippines’ predominantly Muslim provinces, and the only region that has its own government.
          * Muslims are 1-2% of the Chinese population but 40% in the Xinjiang province (primarly Uyghur).

          Those percentages and what happens in those countries does follow what I wrote:

          * Thailand, 10% –> insurgency, demand of autonomy, application of sharia etc
          * Philipines more than 10% –> received autonomy, terrorism will increase to push out the non-muslims and they will start to send muslims in the neighboring lands to later brew riots and eventually ask for annexation…
          * Xinjang, more than 40%, is a muslim province and Hans have been discriminated, raped and massacred unless the Chinese army has a strong presence (that’s the only reason why there is no more problem, the non-muslim Chinese have support unlike the non-muslim of Lebanon or Bosnia who have been thrown under the bus by us).

      • Korean guy

        There is not any no-go zone in Canada… (Well, the entire downtown Toronto becomes no-go zones for a while when it becomes too cold in winter, for example nowadays)

        There are some halal restaurants.

        Speaking of which I am a bit amused…. there was a halal restaurant in my neighborhood, about three minute walk away from where I live. I never ever saw any customers there, and they recently went out of business. After they went out of business, a typical western style bistro started operating at the same location, and I always see young customers walking in and out of the bistro even very late at night.

        I guess I am becoming very used to the Canadian culture. Well, the weather is a part of the Canadian culture! My cousin a year older than me visited me for a week several years ago and he had so much trouble sleeping in my room because it was too cold. He told me he could not believe I was sleeping so peacefully beside him.

        • Anna Tree

          Korean guy, you didn’t understand my post. There is less than 3% muslims in Canada! I wrote that muslims start creating no-go zones when they are more than 5%!
          Hopefully there will never be that many but I fear they will unless the white wake up to protect their identity, culture and lands, so wait and you will see the things that are happening in Malmo, London or Paris happening in the big cities of Canada, a shame…

          • Korean guy

            By the way, is it common for white indigenous women to date interracially in France and other parts of Europe? I read that it is rather common in UK for white women to date men of African ancestry but they hardly date Asian men. People who have been to Europe tell me France has the prettiest girls among all European countries. There were quite a few girls of Dutch ancestry while I was going to university and highschool and they were also quite beautiful. Many Asian boys who have been to France tell me that local French girls were at least willing to give Asian boys a chance.

            I read that In non-English speaking parts of Europe, it is not as common as UK for white women to date black men. There are some of course, but it not as common as it is in UK.

            But after all, most people or all races choose to date within their own race. Most black NBA athletes in North America are married to black women as well. But for some reason the mainstream media chooses to put all the spotlight on black athletes married to white women.

  • dd121

    Joe, that was brilliant, hope you post here more often.

  • Anna Tree

    No, queen Rania is a Palestinian Arab. I think you confuse with queen Noor, who is indeed half Nordic half Levantine white; please read IstvanIN and my comments, just above.
    I uploaded a picture, waiting for a mod approval.

  • jeffaral

    Blacks are number one priority of both Left and Right.

  • Anonymous

    Actually it makes sense for her to say that. Islam actually favours ugly women. Islam makes all women cover themselves up so that men cannot choose a pretty wife. Its like a box of chocolates for them…they never know what they will get. Therefore, an ugly muslim woman actually has a fighting chance of getting a rich, handsome, charming husband. On the other hand, a beautiful muslim woman has no way of gaining from her beauty. She has a higher chance than a beautiful White woman of ending up with an ugly broke guy.

    As for individual White women, who they support has everything to do with their personal characteristics. The more beautiful a White woman is, the more reason she has to be pro-White men. However, the hideous White women might actually be better served by converting to Islam. That or marrying a Black guy.

    Everybody has individual incentives. For example, a LMC/LC straight White male who got his job outsourced or taken by a Hispanic guy has much more incentive to be a WN than I do.

  • Truth Teller

    Supposedly the hair covers are supposed to prevent men from going mad with lust. I’m a woman so I don’t understand men. I can see men being attracted to pretty faces, nice legs, slender or bosomy chubby body types etc, but going into a mad frenzy of lust because of hair?
    I don’t mean pretty hair colors or styles, but hair in general. What’s up with that?

    • Magician

      Women’s hair can be very beautiful and possibly be one of the most beautiful parts of a woman if it is taken care of properly. I am not sure if it can make men go into a mad frenzy of lust, but it can indeed grab a man’s attention.