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That's fair enough. As I said personally I'm agnostic about what headscarves mean because I haven't talked to enough headscarf wearers to understand their personal experience of the symbolism.

My point was only that it's a symbolic debate, and that there seemed to be some confusion about headscarves in general, which seemed tangential to that.

What the hijab is supposed to symbolize for a woman who chooses to wear it -- and this is only my understanding, I wish we had had lauramp around to comment -- is nothing more and nothing less than her personal relationship with God.

But what does that mean in practical terms?

Playing (Western) devil's advocate here, I associate  religions primarily with tribal statements, and not with metaphysics.

So what does 'relationship with God' really mean to the wearer?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 08:02:48 AM EST
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