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  • n. An official of a Muslim court, of varied importance, initially controlling access to the caliph, but latterly very powerful; a chamberlain.
  • n. A woman′s head scarf.


From Arabic حاجب (ħá:jib, "concealing, covering, eyebrow"), from حجب (ħájaba, "to veil, to cover, to screen"); cognate with hijab. (Wiktionary)


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  • So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband.

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  • So much so that often they are beaten for not wearing the 'hajib' or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband.

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  • The hajib, after all, is a precursor to the rebozo, carried from a Moorish-influenced Spain to the shores of the "new" world.

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  • I completely miss the hajib reference, sounds like Islamophobia to me.

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  • He would leave hints as to where I could purchase a hajib.

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  • Gordon has obviously had his dosage upped for public appearances and having to listen earnestly to a small hajib wearer, who is being earnest about something earnest.

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  • Until recently, it's been difficult to find attractive religious wear, and Muslim leaders in America know that young women who are surrounded by fashion TV shows, fashion magazines and fashion web sites will stray from hajib if they can't find chic clothes that conform to Islamic requirements for modesty.

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  • Westerners who tsk, tsk over hajib clad women, convinced that religious dress always reflects repressive, sexist attitudes, should consider their own history.

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  • Considering that Ahmadinejad's wife has hardly been seen in public, and the photos that do exist offer her set back and almost completely obscured by the hajib, images like the one above must be profoundly difficult for fundamentalists to swallow, casting Zahra -- in the name of her husband -- as a feminist reformer and an iconic figure in her own right.

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