hi·jab | \hē-ˈjäb, -ˈjab\

Definition of hijab 

: the traditional covering for the hair and neck that is worn by Muslim women

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The best answer might come from the pink-hijab-wearing Nigerian girls. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nigeria’s schoolgirl rebellion," 26 June 2018 In Iran, a woman could now end up in jail for breaking the mandatory hijab law. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Indian Chess Champion Refuses to Compete in Iran Because She Would Have to Wear a Headscarf," 14 June 2018 This winter, basketball player Nasihah Thompson-King was barred from a city game for wearing her hijab. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Starbucks gets racial bias training, city clears Kensington heroin camps | Morning Newsletter," 30 May 2018 Since coming to power in 1979, the theocracy has imposed compulsory hijab laws, requiring women to securely wrap their heads in scarves in public. Masih Alinejad, WSJ, "The Mullahs’ Biggest Fear: Iranian Women," 25 May 2018 This comes after 29 women were arrested for protesting the hijab law over the past week. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Half of Iranians Are Against Compulsory Hijabs," 5 Feb. 2018 NBC News reported that since 2014, the activist has encouraged Iranian women to post pictures of themselves in public without a hijab — a radical notion that is symbolic of the fight for freedom of choice. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "How Social Media in Iran Is Used as a Tool for Protest," 11 July 2018 To the tune of Western and Iranian pop and rap music, the teenager bopped and twirled in her bedroom without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf or hijab. Laignee Barron, Time, "Women in Iran Are Dancing to Protest the Arrest of a Teenage Instagrammer," 9 July 2018 Women staged hijab protests, ripping off their veils. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Iran’s Persistent Protests," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of hijab

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hijab

Arabic ḥijāb cover, screen, veil

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