Women Veiling In Islam: Tradition And Socio-Economic Impact


  • Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah Department ofwomen's Studies & Social Work, University of Karachi




The Veil has been used by women as a tool for hiding and protecting themselves from men, and it has been continuously used in ancient as well as modern civilizations by women. Developed nations have blamed the use of veil as an obstacle in the process of development. Therefore, modern nations have tried to get rid of the use of veil. They argue that it is a sign of slavery for women and it is a hurdle in their progress. The modern secular Muslims consider it as the biggest obstacle for social and economic development. It makes a woman helpless, as having a chain (zanjir) in her feet. Some people view it as a tool of segregation between men and women. In the Holy Quran word ‘Hijab’ is used 7 times. Islam is against domination and the forceful practice of the veil, as a part of the teaching of Islam it is being adopted by women for the purpose of protection. This article focuses at: Introduction of the veil and its historical background, It’s meaning and interpretation in Islam and other religions, Veil traditions in different civilizations, criticism of its practice in Islamic (eastern) and other (European) circles and Discussion and Conclusions followed by a selected references.




How to Cite

Shah, N. A. (2016). Women Veiling In Islam: Tradition And Socio-Economic Impact. Pakistan Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 4(1), 57–73. https://doi.org/10.46568/pjass.v4i1.296