Understanding the Veil in Islam, Western Societies

In light of recent controversies over Muslim women wearing face veils in Western societies, Debbie Elliott explores the origins of the custom of the veil and examines why Islamic garb has become such a potent symbol.

She spoke with anthropologist Daniel Martin Varisco of Hofstra University; Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America; Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-qazwini of The Islamic Educational Center of Orange County; and Asra Nomani, and author Asra Nomani.

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