Use of the face-covering Islamic niqab headscarf is growing in Tajikistan, despite an already existing partial ban on the comparatively revealing hijab, which cloaks a woman’s hair but leaves her face bare. Traditional women’s dress in the Central Asian country consists of colourful dresses, trousers, and uncovered faces. Critics of the hijab say it is an Arabic import and worry that its increased popularity reflects a shift to foreign and more fundamental interpretations of Islam.
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