Veiling and Unveiling


I hate the Hijab!

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir breaks scoring record

You Tube video: Female basketball player Bilqis Abdul Qaadir in hijab breaks a state scoring record in the US.

For more on this story see:

Enlightening the Clothes Minded (Sports Illustrated)
Bilqis Abdul Qaadir Is expected to become the first Islamic player in NCAA Division 1 history to take the basketball court in full dress in Memphis, USA.
Post 9/11 era she has encountered remarks/shouts of "terrorist", but as turned heads with her exceptional basketball skills and as opened more minds.


Lifting the Veil on the Burka Debate
Simon Farr
A look at the Burka, the Qur'an's teachings on modesty. As well as looking into banning the veil in France and reasons to do so.

Veiling in Style: How Does a Stigmatized Practice Become Fashionable?
Özlem Sandikci and Güliz Ger
Journal of Consumer Research 37.1 (2010), pp. 15-36.
An article on the rise of the hijab as a fashion statement today in the wake of Turkey's strict secularisation. (password may be required)

BBC News:
Q and A: Muslim School Uniform

The Qur’an tells Muslim women and men to dress modestly. Male modesty has been interpreted as covering everything from the navel to the knee whilst for women is it seen as covering everything but their faces. Shabina Begum (aged 15) decided to turn up to school in a jilbab which the school objected to, arguing that a Muslim uniform had been agreed on. This Islamic style uniform was a shalwar kameez i.e. a trouser suit with covering jerkin. Miss Begum was sent home and told to change but did not return to class.

She argued that her rights to religious freedom had been breached because she was being forced to accept an interpretation of Islamic dress laid down by the school. This, she argued, had led to a breach of her right to an education. In response, the school stated that they were concerned that stricter styles of Islamic dress would create divisions amongst students. Government guidelines on issues such as this are open to interpretation. The uniform policy must be sensitive to differences and the need to adhere to dress for racial or religious reasons. It does stress that a pupil must not be disciplined for refusing to adhere to uniform guidelines for religious reasons. Miss Begum’s lawyers argued that the school has breached these rules.

The judge ruled that Miss Begum’s rights had not been breached because the school had demonstrated that it had acted proportionately in deciding on the uniform that Miss Begum had worn for two years previously. The school authorities say they want to see Miss Begum back in the school but Ms Spencer said her client regarded this as "out of the question" at present. The judge refused Miss Begum permission to appeal the ruling - but she can still try and take it further.