Gender and Clothing in Islam- Liberation or Oppression

Rameez Ahmad Lone


The hijab is seen as a tool of Gender oppression. Is it really a sign of women’s enslavement? Or ‘degrading prison’? Or is it a sign of women’s modesty and liberation? Why doesn’t anyone ask the women who choose to wear it”? or is’it simply cultural difference( ethnocentrism or xenophobia) that it is regarded as oppressive. Many people argue Islam oppresses and discriminates women by wearing veils or hijab, while few people view it as a sign of women’s protection or liberation. These two views are held by West and Europe, and Islam respectively. The tight, transparent or half nude dress which Islam prohibits or Muslim women avoid is admired in western culture and flaunted by western women. Thus it would be quite improper and unfair to say that Islam oppresses women” unless we study it, research it or understand it in the light of Islamic perspective .In this paper an effort has been made to throw light on hijab and its relevance with gender oppression or liberation in the light of Islamic and western perspective. This paper is primarily based on secondary data. The main objective of the paper is to make us understand what hijab is.? and to stimulate our brains regarding its relation with gender  liberation or oppression.



Islam, women, hijab, liberation, oppression, west.


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