American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of burqa.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short round cloak made of felt or very coarse woolen stuff, used as a protection against rain in Russia, Poland, and Moldavia. Also burga.
- n. An Islamic garment that covers the whole body, which has a net screen covering the eyes so they cannot be seen, and is worn by women (also spelled burqa).
- n. A dress made from felt or karakul (the short curly fur of young lambs of the breed of that name), traditionally worn by men of the Caucasus region.
- n. a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan
- From Hindustani बुरक़ा / برقع (burqa‘), from Persian برقع, from Arabic بُرْقُع, from verb بَرْقَعَ (to cover, to veil), from root verb رَقَعَ (to patch, to sew). (Wiktionary)
“Of course the term burka isn't specifically mentioned, but there can be no denying a law targeting those who would cover their faces in public.”
“Having her wear a burka is actually a pretty good idea or at least a paper bag.”
“Some apologists of Islamism in academia and feminist groups bend the truth to make it sound as if their defence of the burka is a defence of tolerant Western values.”
“Muslims are striving for purity of mind and the burka is what they need on their women to prevent lust!”
“The burka is not a requirement in Islam; this is more cultural than anything else.”
“The burka is kinda like a one size fits all garment for women.”
“I have no reservation in stating categorically that the burka is not just a piece of clothing, but is a symbol of Islamofacism and a rejection of the West as well as our cherished value of gender equality.”
“I think a burka is something worn for the benefit of Muslim men, not something freely chosen by women and, as Tarek Fatah says, is a symbol of oppression.”
“The burka is a symbol of Islam, not of the abuse of women.”
“She called the burka a "mobile prison," saying that those who veil women take away their faces and therefore their personalities.”
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