|Women wearing Abaya and Niqab|
Cultural law and expectations vary greatly in the Muslim world. "According to Saudi Arabia's Shariah law, women's clothing should meet the following conditions:
- Women must cover their entire body, but they are allowed to expose one or both eyes in necessity.
- Women should wear abaya and niqāb thick enough to conceal what is underneath, and the abaya should be loose-fitting.
- Women should not wear brightly coloured clothes or clothes that are adorned so that they may attract men's attention." [Wiki Niqab page]
Whereas in Syria, women are barred from teaching and university while wearing the niqab.
While ruminating on this I read about The Understanding Project. I'm so happy to find people doing something about a problem rather than just decrying it.
After all, isn't the point that we're all people no matter what we look like, or how we dress? I feel quite chastened.