Several Muslim-majority countries prefer women to have their faces and hair uncovered, the latest research showed.
As the latest debate over “burqa bans”
in Europe has added to tensions, the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research decided to conduct a survey how Muslim countries feel about women clothing.
According to a research, almost half of Saudi Arabians think women should wear what they want, despite restrictive laws governing how women must dress in public.
A study found that while residents of several Muslim-majority nations said veils covering the hair were “appropriate”
in public, many supported increased freedom of dress.
The statement that it was “up to a woman to dress whichever way she wants”
were supported by 56 per cent of Tunisians respondents, 52 per cent of Turks and 49 per cent of Lebanese people questioned.
In other countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the figures were lower.
The University of Michigan’s research, carried out in 2014, showed that on average across the seven countries surveyed, the majority of respondents preferred women to cover their hair with a veil.
Lebanon was the exception, while a third of Turkish people also said uncovered hair was “appropriate for women in public”, and only Saudi Arabia and Pakistan had a majority of respondents in favour of the niqab, which also covers the face.