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Definition: Hijab is the general term for Muslim women covering up according to Islamic law, and varies from culture to country with the headscarf to the all-encompassing burqa. Most Muslim scholars set puberty as the general age for Muslim girls to start wearing the hijab. The purpose of the hijab is to meet Islamic standards of modesty.

According to Quran
'O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way)... SURAH AL-AHZAAB - VERSE 59

The hijab refers to both the head-covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Islamic styles of dress in general. The garment has different legal and cultural statuses in various countries. There are currently four countries, including France (since 2004), which have banned the wearing of all overt religious symbols, including the hijab (a Muslim headscarf, literally Arabic "to cover"), in public schools and universities or government buildings.[1] Currently Tunisia since 1981,[2] and Turkey since 1997,[3] are the only Muslim-majority countries which have banned the hijab in public schools and universities or government buildings, whilst Syria banned face veils in universities from July 2010.[4] This ban was lifted during the 2011 Syrian uprising. In other Muslim states such as Morocco,[5] there has been some restriction or discrimination against women who wear the hijab. The hijab in these cases is seen as a sign of political Islam or fundamentalism against secular government. HIJAB in different parts of the world

Afghanistan
Under the Taliban, the burqa was obligatory.[15] While this is officially no longer the case, there remains intense social pressure to wear the burqa, and President Hamid Karzai has been accused by critics of compromising on women's rights in order to appease insurgents.[16][17] Bangladesh

There are no laws that require women to cover...
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