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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Veiled racism?

This is an alarming story from Glasgow of a woman and her family attacked because she was wearing a hijab (headscarf).

The article also mentions the (sadly predictable) racist abuse of a woman wearing a niqab (veil), an incident covered in more detail here. This report also tells us that Samina Ansari, from the first story, runs a helpline for Scotland's Muslim women, and that around half of her callers have suffered some kind of hate crime.

While hijabs are common in Edinburgh it's unusual to see women in the full veil. However, while shopping last Sunday I saw three in the same shopping mall. One was wearing a cream hijab with a detachable veil; the other two had more traditional wraparound niqabs but in funky colours (if you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a niqab on your hair....)

And why not?

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