Hijab Case Study

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CCHU9043 “Thinking” Women: Their Oppression and Resistance
Main Title: Hijab: TO ban or not to ban
Kam Wah Anson Lau
UID: 3035123162
Email: u3512316@hku.hk
The University of Hong Kong
Introduction
Muslim is a very famous religion around the world, which has a remarkable symbol – people wear Hijab. Hijab is a dress code that people cover their head and chest by a black veil. It is not difficult to find a person who wears Hijab in Hong Kong. From an International Religious Freedom Report (2011) of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, they found that there are about 220,000 Muslims in Hong Kong in 2010 and most of the people are wearing Hijab in their daily life. Muslim women will treat this culture as a pious
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Indeed, they do think it is the respect to what they believe in.
The view of Government As mention above, some countries banned Hijab whereas there is some countries encourage citizens to wear Hijab in their daily life. Wearing Hijab is an Islamic practice or the dress code in Muslim. It becomes one of the remarkable symbols of Muslim countries. The function of it is not only for Muslim women to show their piousness but also promoting the Muslim religion as well as their culture around the world. For example in Iran, the Iranian women still wear Hijab, as they want to respect the Muslim beliefs (Fast, 2010). Besides, there are some Muslim countries didn’t state that wearing Hijab is compulsory. Normally, these countries contain many different religions in it. They will consider human’s right in a higher priority comparing with the Muslim culture. In many western countries, they are mainly considering Christian as their major religion. Although they still accept people wearing Hijab, they prefer promoting Christian culture instead of Muslim culture in their country. Take Turkish as an example. The reason why Turkish bans Hijab is that, Islamist men can participate in any public activities with no Hijab. It just likes treating Islamist women as sexist (Winter, 2008). Some countries suggest modifying some details of wearing Hijab instead of banning it. For instance, cover woman’s whole body except their face and body (Koutlaki,

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