Cover! Cover! Cover! A Sort of Quiz
This post does not address the Islamic requirement for hair-covering, or lack thereof, (face covering could be included by extension). It’s about the emotions, reactions, and the psychological meaning of the practice.
Covering, more than praying, fasting or any other behavior associated with Islam, elicits strong reactions, and divides sister Muslimahs as well as larger groups, but why?
My premise it that the divisiveness of covering derives from the many meanings associated with it, not from the argument for or against an Islamic requirement. To illustrate this (and in the spirit of the popularity of the blog quiz!) I would like to hear comments that specifically avoid the writer’s belief in whether or not covering is required or recommended in Islam. Perhaps this request is somewhat analytical, but I think it will broaden our (read: my) perspective on the subject.
I won’t start off by elucidating my experience or attitude toward the practice, except to say that it has fluctuated. I won’t even post any photos of covered and uncovered women, lest bias influence response.
Coverers: Why do you cover, apart from your presumed belief that it is a directive from Allah?
Non-coverers: Who do you not cover, apart from your presumed belief that it is not a directive from Allah?
Men: How do you react to covered/non-covered women?
All: Do you believe that covering is associated with increased piety, and/or with the society in which one lives? On what basis? How do your surroundings influence your practice of covering (or not)?