- Survey was carried out in Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey which all have a majority Muslim population
- The majority prefer women to cover their hair rather than their whole face
- But a substantial proportion in Lebanon and Turkey felt it’s appropriate for women not to cover their head at all in public
By SUZANNAH HILLS:
The way Muslim women should dress in public has been a strongly debated topic in recent months.
But a new study has now revealed what the citizens of different Muslim countries believe is appropriate female dress – and how widely views differ between them.
The survey was conducted across seven countries – Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – which all have a majority Muslim population.
And the research from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research found that most residents in these countries prefer women to cover their hair with a traditional hijab, al-Amira or head scarf rather than cover their entire face with a full burqa or niqab.
Researchers asked respondents to pick their favoured style of female Muslim dress from a chart, assembled by the Pew Research Center, showing a range of clothing from the full burka (see image one on the chart above) and niqab (see image two) to types of hijabs (image four and five) to no head covering at all (image six).
The majority of those questioned – 57 per cent in Tunisia, 52 per cent in Egypt, 46 per cent in Turkey and 44 per cent in Iraq – believed the white hiqab or basic al-Amira (shown in image four) is the most appropriate dress for a Muslim woman.
But the more conservative black hijab or chador (shown in image three) was the second favourite choice of citizens in Iraq and Egypt.
And a 63 per cent-majority of those polled in Saudi Arabia chose the second most conservative form of dress, a niqab, which is depicted in image two.
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