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Muslim culture - February 13th 2012, 12:46 AM

My question is this: there are quite a few women of the islamic faith that live and work in this area. I have noticed that they dress differently sometimes, I suppose depending on their faction. Many women just have their hair covered and wear conservative clothing, but once in a while there are women who are completely covered head to toe save for their eyes. I was wondering what differences or beliefs influence this difference in dress code?

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Re: Muslim culture - February 13th 2012, 01:15 AM

The difference really only lies in how orthodox a particular Muslim is about his or her beliefs.

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Re: Muslim culture - February 13th 2012, 01:17 AM

I believe that they are from different sects of Islam, and also sometimes it depends on their country of origin/ethnicity. I know in places like Turkey or Lebonon, they more often have headscarfs. However, in places like Afganistan or Saudi Arabia, they more often have what are known as burkas, or the full covering hijab.

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Re: Muslim culture - February 13th 2012, 02:00 AM

I think it depends a mixture of factors: country of origin, how religious they are, how religious their parents are, etc.

My best friend is a Muslim. She is not very... devout. She never shows her legs, but other than that she observes almost no religious rules imposed on her as Muslim.

Compare that to my other friend, who is a second generation Muslim who is half Irish. She wears the hijab everyday, and never shows any skin besides her face.

It really just depends on the person.
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Re: Muslim culture - February 13th 2012, 02:23 AM

It is more of a cultural thing than any specific belief or set of beliefs that mark the difference. Women are treated differently according to different societal customs, and they wearing the clothing based on custom, not necessarily Islam. I don't think there is anything in Islam that dictates the woman's face be covered.

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Re: Muslim culture - February 14th 2012, 01:33 PM

i did a study in school and i do believe that it was more of a cultural thing than a religious thing

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Re: Muslim culture - February 15th 2012, 03:10 AM

Based on Islamic culture, women are supposed to dress modestly. I suppose the level of modesty is up to the area they come from. In my area, Muslim women's idea of modestly means not dressing in revealing clothing, ie. short shorts and shirts that show a lot of cleavage.

Some places, like the Middle East, require fully clothed to be seen as modest.

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