The Complexity of Covering: The Religious, Social, and Political Dynamics of Islamic Practice in the United States

Westfall A., Welborne B., Tobin S., Russell O. C.

SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, vol.97, no.3, pp.771-790, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 97 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ssqu.12278
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.771-790
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


ObjectiveMainstream American perception often views Islamic headcovering as a controversial practice indicative of gender repression and norms violating individual rights. Practicing Muslims counter that headcovering expresses piety, modesty, and protection. Recent scholarship affirms the complexity of the practice, and reveals that the motivations behind donning the headscarf span the religious, social, and political realms for Muslim women.