from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loose, usually black or light blue robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe.
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- n. Alternative form of burka.
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- n. a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan
The argument that banning the burqa is about eliminating family or marital pressures placed upon women to wear the burqa against their will overlooks existing laws against such criminal behaviors.
Teasing out whether the burqa is a form of oppression or a symbol of righteous modesty depends upon whom one asks.
I'm far more interested in the implication that the burqa is used here to symbolize a woman who is being degraded.
Saying she needs to take off her burqa is just offensive, a juvenile attempt at being controversial.
It is known as a burqa in South and Central Asia and seen most often as the blue full-body veil worn by Afghan women.
A few weeks after stating, in the middle of his solemn address to the French Congress of MPs and Senators, that «the burqa is not welcome on the territory of the French Republic», an «information panel» was formed by a group of majority and opposition MPs, to draw up an inventory of the situation, with six months 'time to give their report.
What is the significance of the mysterious woman clad in burqa with a broom?
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The burqa is seen as a sign of the radical practice of Islam that is considered incompatible with French values on a very basic level.
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