Making Sense of Ḥijāb and Niqāb in Contemporary Western Societies


  • Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu International Islamic University Malaysia


Ḥijāb, an Islamic ethico-religious and socio-cultural symbol, is increasingly becoming visible in the Western public arena giving rise to a debate over its compatibility with dominant Western culture and values. Placing it in an argumentative genre, the paper highlights the sociological, religious and cultural rationales for the increasing visibility of the Islamic dress code among young Muslim women. It provides a discursive framework based on a cultural sociology through which ḥijāb and niqāb could be accepted.


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Author Biography

Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu, International Islamic University Malaysia

Assistant Professor at the Department of General Studies, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).



How to Cite

Solihu, A. K. H. (2009). Making Sense of Ḥijāb and Niqāb in Contemporary Western Societies. Intellectual Discourse, 17(1). Retrieved from