Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Search our Archives!

Email to a Friend

Banning the Burqa


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/banning_the_burqa_20100209

While on sabbatical as a family in Egypt a couple of years ago, we quickly became accustomed to seeing women wearing head coverings on the street. Nearly every single Muslim woman over the age of 12 wore one. The general word for these is hijab, which is a quranic term meaning “barrier” or “screen.” In a famous verse (33:53) it refers to a partition in the home of the prophet Muhammad to separate the women of his family from the eyes of the many people who would come to Muhammad’s home seeking an audience with him. Its meaning is basically the same as the Hebrew word mechitzah, the barrier that separates the women’s section from the men’s section in traditional synagogues.

Recipient email:
Your email:
Comments:
What's this word?