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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Back in March, a woman in Iran was sentenced to 24 months in prison after allegedly removing her hijab in public. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Indian Chess Champion Refuses to Compete in Iran Because She Would Have to Wear a Headscarf," 14 June 2018 In Beirut, women had a choice; some chose the hijab, but others didn’t. New York Times, "4 Writers to Watch This Summer," 17 May 2018 In February, Rouhani’s office released a 2014 report on Iranian attitudes toward the hijab. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves — and hoping for a ‘turning point’," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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