Muslim women wear veil to integrate into modern society: Study

The study, 'Behind the Veil: The Strategic Use of Religious Garb', includes the wearing of headscarves, the turban or hijab, the chador, the burqa (which covers the face too), and no head covering at all.

By: PTI | London | Published: September 5, 2016 7:01 pm
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Muslim women who are young and educated choose to wear the veil as it is their means to integrate into modern society, according to a latest study
conducted in 25 Islamic nations. The study, done by researchers from Oxford University and European University Institute published in the journal
‘European Sociological Review’ last week, tested earlier mathematical models to see how the intensity of wearing the veil varied according to the women’s education, employment, urbanisation and contact with non-Muslims.

The study, ‘Behind the Veil: The Strategic Use of Religious Garb’, includes the wearing of headscarves, the turban or hijab, the chador, the burqa (which covers the face too), and no head covering at all.

“A veil is seen as a genuine expression of a woman’s religiosity. Paradoxically, it is the women who are engaging with the modern world who appear to rely on the veil to signal to others that they will not succumb to the temptations of modern urban life,” explained Dr Ozan Aksoy, the study’s author from the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford.

The study drew on data of thousands of women living in Belgium, Turkey and 25 Muslim countries. Study co-author Professor Diego Gambetta, Official Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and Professor of Social Theory at the European University Institute, noted: “Contrary to the populist cant that seems now dominant in Europe, veiling could be a sign of more rather than less integration.

Highly religious women who have more native friends and live in areas dominated by natives use the veil to keep their pious reputation while being integrated. “Banning or shunning veiling would deprive them of a means that allow them more opportunity for integration rather than marking their differences.”

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  1. D
    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm
    Do not breadth air from the area of none Muslim - HARAM HALAL
    1. H
      Sep 5, 2016 at 6:44 pm
      These modern muslim also believe in being third wife of 89 year old man and these muslim believe man's or husband right to beat them, producing 10 children at 5 jihadis and these women also believe that if they are raped then 4 witness are needed to verify their claim and also husband's right to instant divorce and throwing them on street with their 10 children instantly by paying haq mehar which is a price of goat. These muslim women are modern because they will accept divorce by text messages.
      1. S
        Sep 7, 2016 at 6:07 am
        It is still better then to be forced Niyoga by sant and sages, rape is given religious color, better then pushed in fire on Husbands funeral pyre, Killing is religious fervour,put up as commodity in game of dice etc. You are joking if you ume Indian Husbands do not kick their wives or thrash them inebriated or Hindus do not have more children. Instant divorce is much better then quarrel and kill or burn alive when there is no law for divorce or forced to pay alimony resulting in hatred. In Islam woman is equal to man.If a woman can ask for divorce and if divorced she has a right to re marry, she has a right to live life not suffer , with option of freedom from oppressive Husband and in laws. In islam when woman marries she ahd made new relation not broken old, She has full rights to return to her father and brother, as She was not send as "Kanya DAAN"