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French Imam Says Hijab is a '20th Century Invention'
by Larbi Arbaoui
Tareq Oubrou, director of the Bordeaux Mosque, said on May 7 that wearing a hijab, or Islamic headscarf, is not a mandatory religious practice for women.
The Bordeaux imam, in an interview with Anne Sinclair on Europe 1, said that the Islamic headscarf is a practice invented at the end of the twentieth century.
Acoording to Oubrou, in Islam, "the principle of [modest] clothing is to achieve decency in a given culture. But there is no canonical dress."
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