I just read an article about an Iranian model called Elham Arab, who was hauled up before the Revolutionary Court for posting pictures of herself in which her hair was visible – and dyed blonde. This is how she looked in court:
The article included this interesting snippet: “In Islam, hijab can refer both to the headscarf women wear to cover their hair and the principle of modesty that underlies the practice.”
I wondered whether there were parallels in our own culture, and I think I found one: “to be caught with one’s pants down.” In our culture to be without pants is as immodest and shameful as it is for a woman to be without a headscarf in Iran.
Can you think of any more?
2 thoughts on “Hijab and Pants”
I don’t think you can equate having your hair showing to be the same as having your genitals showing… covering women from head to toe is immoral!
I agree with you, Beverly, but maybe I wouldn’t if I’d been born into a Muslim family. I remember being startled the first time I saw bare-breasted women in PNG, and again on a beach in New Caledonia. What we consider appropriate is culturally determined to a large extent.