Throughout much of Western Europe, the United States and to some degree Australia, there exists a passionate dispute, a dispute which, remarkably orientates around the subject of women’s clothing. At first glance it is difficult to believe that what appears such an inconsequential matter of attire could bring about such unrest and political debate, nether the less this deeply polarised issue has managed to divide communities, activate policy-makers, engage religious leaders and send an uncomfortable schism throughout feminist ideologues. For the purpose of this essay I will use the word ‘veil’ rather than ‘Hijab, Turban, Burqa or Niqab, since the arguments are in effect about displays of bodily coverings: Where needed there will be an indication of specific coverings. The veil has ignited a quandary which all too often poses more questions than answers. Answers will be given however to the subject of why modern Muslim women in Western minority situations are willingly adopting the veil, even when their mothers did not wear it, and how veiling inevitably shapes the identity of these Muslim women. This paper will argue that such voluntary modern veiling is more about expression than oppression, in addition it will be asserted that the veil represents a liberating and agentic symbol standing in defiance of a majority status that
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