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22 Apr '16

Has hijab ever been a sign of social status?

Early records suggest that veiling women was a sign of social stature. As far back as the 13th Century BC, Assyrian legal texts reveal that prostitutes were forbidden to wear veils; it was used exclusively by “respectable” Muslim women.

Beyond Assyria, the Greco-Roman world also practiced veiling. Athenian women of high stature were secluded. Even Pre-Islamic Iran as well as theByzantine Empire secluded their women. In essence, it is indicated that women agreed to wear hijab because failure to wear it was the sign of low status.