Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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The concept of women’s wearing a veil has taken on one or another of three conceptually hierarchal forms in different cultures: covering the head, covering both the head and the face, and covering the entire body. Various styles of female veiling have been practiced since antiquity in patriarchal-patrilineal societies such as Assyria, Israel, Greece, and pre-Islamic Arabia, mainly as a means of exercising control, establishing a hierarchy, and imposing subordination by setting limitations and a div…

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Hadas Hirsch, “Veiling”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 07 December 2021
First published online: 2010

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