The veil is an article of clothing worn by women to cover part of the head or face. Veiling is one of the most debated contemporary issues concerning Muslim women's rights, secularism, immigration, and multiculturalism.

In Islamic contexts, the term veil refers to a variety of articles, many of which cover the hair, ears, and neck. The khimar is a longer headscarf. The niqab and chadri are veils that cover most of the face except for an opening for the eyes, covered by a concealing net or grille. The boshiya is a Gulf-style full-face black veil that covers the face of the person completely, leaving no opening for the eyes.

Although it is commonly associated with Islam, the veil predates the religion. ...

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