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Unformatted text preview: and Middle Eastern women. In Arabic the veil is a hijaba, or barrier, wearing it nowadays says treat me with respect. In the past, Muhammads followers used veiling to signal religious faith, they were raised to a position of honor and dignity. Now some women see it as a piece of cloth, but as a tradition. In Middle Eastern countries, seclusion of a woman (purdah) expresses mens status, power, wealth and manliness, and men say it is to guard a womans honor. Veiling and seclusion have to do with social status, the status of a family is very important. The honor of a man revolves around bravery, hospitality and piety, and the honor of a woman is her sexual chastity. Some women were killed for giving this up, it disowned the family name. Various forms of veiling today communicate attitudes and beliefs about politics and religious morality as well as the roles of men and women in the middle east....
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- Spring '08