Hijab – the Islamic dress code: its historical development, evidence from sacred sources and views of selected Muslim scholars
Contributor(s)Jaffer, I. E. (Dr.)
Clothing and dress -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Muslim women -- Conduct of life
Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis)
Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- History
Hadith (Prophetic Tradition)
Islam -- Customs and practices
Islamic dress code
Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- Koranic teaching
Muslim women -- Social life and customs
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AbstractThe issue of a Muslim woman‟s dress code has been debated for centuries. This is of great importance as it is widely used as a criterion to measure the extent of a woman‟s piety or devotion to Allah. A study of the religious texts on the issue is essential. Therefore, Qur‟anic text, Prophetic Traditions and Qur‟anic exegesis of both classical and modern scholars would have been used in determining the correct dress code for Muslim women. While all research indicates that women dress conservatively, in order not to attract the attention of the opposite sex. The extent to which a woman must be covered has not been agreed upon. Even if what has to be covered is established by scholars, the manner in which this is to be done and the type of colours and fabric to be used needs further clarification. The issue of the female dress code needs to be presented from a female perspective.
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