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Philadelphia's Burqa Crisis

eddie again Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 11:41 AM
the wearing of full body covering is not a requirement of the islamic belief system. there are many muslim women who do not wear them. there are many muslim religious leaders who do not teach that they are required by the koran.

Philadelphia, the city where I live, has quietly and unassumedly become the capital of the Western world as regards female Islamic garb as an accessory to crime.

First, a tutorial on Islamic coverings, all of which tend to be called veils in English but fall into three main categories. Some (the abaya, hijab, chador, jilbab, or khimar) cover parts of the body, especially the hair, neck, and shoulders, but reveal the face and identity of the woman; some cover the face (the yashmak) but show the body shape; and some hide the whole body, including the identity and gender of the...