Has it always been this tough for women?
Something, which is veiled, becomes more mysterious and alluring. Was the idea of a woman veiling herself, her way of keeping men enthralled? If you see everything easily, you soon lose interest; the logic goes.
The famous Dance of the Seven Veils, where veil after veil is tantalisingly removed as the dance progresses, definitely reveals such logic. This concept is thousands of years older than Islam, probably having originated with the myth of the goddess Ishtar and the god Tammuz in Babylonian and Assyrian mythology.
Countries Banning the Hijab
- Albania (draft resolution)
- France (since 2004)
- Belgium (since 2011)
- Germany (banned in 8 states)
- Spain (no national ban, but the city of Barcelona has banned full face veils in Barcelona city)
- Britain has no national, regional or city bans but schools are allowed their own dress codes since 2007)
- The Netherlands has yet to pass legislation but is planning bans, Italy has a draft law wearing face covering veils (the town of Novara in the north-west is an example of a local ban)
- Denmark has banned judges from wearing headscarves, crucifixes or other religious symbols
- Russia tried to impose ban on women wearing headscarves in passport photos
- Kosovo has banned headscarves in schools in 2009
- Austria as well as Switzerland are considering a ban in public places
Some countries outside Europe also have bans:
- Tunisia (since 1981)
- Turkey (since 1997) ban the Hijab or head covering of women in public schools, universities and government buildings.
- In Islamic Bangladesh, the state airline Bangladesh Biman forbids the use of the Hijab.
Finland has not officially discussed the issue yet, though many Muslims allege that wearing a veil or scarf seriously impairs their job prospects. A Finnish (non-Muslim) journalist put this allegations of discrimination to test wearing a full body and face covering veil walking around the city. Read the article here.