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Hijab – the Islamic dress code: its historical development, evidence from sacred sources and views of selected Muslim scholars

Hijab – the Islamic dress code: its historical development, evidence from sacred sources and views of selected Muslim scholars

By Rookhsana Aziz

Master’s Thesis, University of South Africa, 2010

Abstract: The 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.

Click here to read this thesis from the University of South Africa

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