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Burka vs. Hijab

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Burkanoun

An Islamic garment that covers the whole body, which has a net screen covering the eyes so they cannot be seen, and is worn by women.

Hijabnoun

The practice, among Muslim women, of covering the body after the age of puberty in front of non-related adult males.

Burkanoun

A dress made from felt or karakul (the short curly fur of young lambs of the breed of that name), traditionally worn by men of the Caucasus region.

Hijabnoun

(countable) A traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women, covering the hair and neck.

Burkanoun

a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan;

‘the Taliban forced all women to wear the burqa’;

Hijabnoun

a headscarf worn by Muslim women; conceals the hair and neck and usually has a face veil that covers the face

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Hijabnoun

the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home;

‘she observes the hijab and does not wear tight clothing’;

Hijab

A hijab (; Arabic: حجاب‎, romanized: ḥijāb, pronounced [ħɪˈdʒaːb] in common English usage) is a religious veil worn by Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the hair, head and chest. The term can refer to any hair, head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to Islamic standards of modesty.

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