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Muslim women who wear the hijab and niqab explain their choice
by Soraya Salam
When you look at Aliya Naim or Nadia, they don't want you to see objects of beauty, nor do they want you to see women constrained by societal standards.
Instead, they say, they want to be judged by their intellect and personalities. They say it's the reason they don't show too much more.
Both Muslim American women cover themselves from head to toe in adherence to their faith's promotion of modesty and humility. Like most Muslim women who cover, they do so only in front of men who are not in their immediate family.
Aliya, a 20-year-old student at the University of Georgia, wears the hijab, or headscarf. She also wears clothes that cover everything but her face and hands, attire that is also referred to as hijab.
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