Hijab and Pants

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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:

ElhamArab

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?

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2 thoughts on “Hijab and Pants

    • 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.

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