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Hijab, within contemporary discourse, refers broadly to modest Islamic clothing and more particularly to the head-covering practice of Muslim women. Although there are a variety of styles of Islamic headscarves or veils, hijab most often refers to the style consisting of a cloth wrapped around the head and neck, covering the hair, neck, and ears but leaving the face visible. The use of the hijab has been on the rise since the 1970s and is an important expression of modesty and faith for many Muslims worldwide.

In Arabic, hijab literally means partition, curtain, or barrier. Traditionally, the word was used to denote the illusory nature of the world, where creation is “veiled” from God, or in reference to the physical partition that divided the public from ...

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