I am working on an artistic, cultural work on the women garment & hijab in Saudi Arabia, and during my research, I discovered new things about the divine religions and the veil. The veil is not a monopoly on Muslims and has roots even before Islam. Islam came after Judaism and Christianity. Islam is a mixture of both beliefs and also unique in itself.
In Christianity, many sculptures and paintings are showing the Virgin Mary wear a head cover or even a light veil. Also, many nuns cover their hair.
In Judaism, married women should cover their hair. Still, to this day in Palestine, there is a religious group within Judaism called Haredi, some force their women to be cover entirely, but some women choose to do that voluntarily, just like women cover or wear Abaya in Saudi Arabia. The Haredi claims that covering women is a Jewish tradition. Ironically it is also black garment just like the Abaya color in Saudi Arabia. So, in my opinion, if the Muslim or Arab in particular would follow or copy any tradition from other cultures or religions, they will copy something from Judaism. In Madinah before Islam, there was a big community for Arab Jews. We are all connected more than we think. According to Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies), this movement was born at the beginning of the 2000s in Jerusalem by ultra-orthodox women “Taliban Haredi.” They believe that they are following god words. One of the Haredi women said to AsiaNews “I follow these rules of modesty to save men from themselves. A man who sees a woman’s body parts is sexually aroused, and this might cause him to sin. Even if he doesn’t sin physically, his impure thoughts are sin in themselves.” The Jewish lady’s statement from Jerusalem is precisely the statement and believes of ultra-orthodox Muslim women in Saudi Arabia who choose to cover themselves completely.
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