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Abroad Portrait 72
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"Schoolgirls in Hijab"
Egypt

The veil that covers the hair and necks of these Cairo schoolgirls is called hijab—an Arabic word that refers to both the head-covering scarf and the religious code that governs such clothing. The word also refers to modesty, privacy, and morality. Muslim women wear these headscarves and loose-fitting clothing in keeping with the teachings of the Qur’an. Many Muslims believe that in the presence of someone of the opposite sex other than a close family member, a woman should cover her body, and walk and dress in a way that does not draw sexual attention to herself. There is not a single specified age when a woman should begin wearing hijab, but puberty seems to be the dividing line for many Muslim countries.

"Schoolgirls in Hijab"

Egypt

The veil that covers the hair and necks of these Cairo schoolgirls is called hijab—an Arabic word that refers to both the head-covering scarf and the religious code that governs such clothing. The word also refers to modesty, privacy, and morality. Muslim women wear these headscarves and loose-fitting clothing in keeping with the teachings of the Qur’an. Many Muslims believe that in the presence of someone of the opposite sex other than a close family member, a woman should cover her body, and walk and dress in a way that does not draw sexual attention to herself. There is not a single specified age when a woman should begin wearing hijab, but puberty seems to be the dividing line for many Muslim countries.