Many of the arguments that have been advanced in support of laws that restrict the wearing of certain forms of Islamic head and face-covering veils operate on the assumption that the garments carry certain defined pejorative meanings. In addition, much analysis of the issue, including analysis of the human rights aspects of the debate engages neither with the reality of why certain women choose to wear veils nor with the significance of the act of veiling for those who do. As such, in this chapter I seek to consider the broad reasons for veiling and, in addition, to explain why this is so significant for some women.
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