is a garment
that covers a woman from head to toe, with only a slit in the cloth or a light mesh through which she can see. It is worn by Muslim
women in some parts of the world, most notably in Afghanistan
and parts of Pakistan
. The burqa is usually dark blue or black, and it may be embroidered
or lined with silk
The burqa is a garment of modesty
. It grew out of the much older practice of women wearing a hijab
, or veil
, over their hair. The Koran
instructs women to cover their hair with a veil/scarf
in order to downplay their sexuality
. The burqa is not required by the Koran, but some Muslims have taken the logic of the hijab to an extreme in the search for modesty.
It should be pointed out that some Muslim women wear a burqa by choice, not under threat or coercion.