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Why is the hijab so controversial?

By: Melanie Swan Source: The National Though millions of women around the world wear veils and hijabs, it is still a topic of controversy and misunderstanding among many. Dr Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, a researcher at the Petroleum Institute, has started a project to explore the perceptions of the veil among Muslims and non-Muslims in the UAE and abroad. After writing her dissertation on the topic, she decided to take the research further. She is collecting narratives from women of several world religions, including Amish, Hindu, Wiccan and Muslim. “I was speaking to non-Muslim friends and they also wanted to have a say,” she said. “I realised that there is a much wider audience and perspective...

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