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Video Why I Do - Or Don't - Wear The Hijab

Why I Do - Or Don't - Wear The Hijab

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RFE/RL asked women from seven countries why they do (or don't) wear the hijab, or Muslim head scarf. Their answers were as varied as the countries they represent: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, and the Russian republic of Tatarstan.
RFE/RL asked women from seven countries why they do (or don't) wear the hijab, or Muslim head scarf. Their answers were as varied as the countries they represent: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, and the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

Video Taamina: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 26, 2010
Taamina lives in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, where over 50% of the population is Muslim.
Taamina lives in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, where over 50% of the population is Muslim.

Video Adilya Girfanutdinova: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 26, 2010
Adilya Girfanutdinova lives in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, where over 50% of the population is Muslim.
Adilya Girfanutdinova lives in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, where over 50% of the population is Muslim.

Video Aizada Belekova: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 23, 2010
Aizada Belekova lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.
Aizada Belekova lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.

Video Roh Angiz Habibi: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Roh Angiz Habibi lives in Afghanistan, where 99% of the population is Muslim.
Roh Angiz Habibi lives in Afghanistan, where 99% of the population is Muslim.

Video Unnamed Afghan Woman: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
This woman lives in Afghanistan, where 99% of the population is Muslim.
This woman lives in Afghanistan, where 99% of the population is Muslim.

Video Wida Karima: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Wida Karima is a cook. She lives and works in Afghanistan, where 99% of the population is Muslim.
Wida Karima is a cook. She lives and works in Afghanistan, where 99% of the population is Muslim.

Video Amnah Abul-Aziz: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Amnah Abul-Aziz is a writer and a poet living in Iraq, where 97% of the population is Muslim.
Amnah Abul-Aziz is a writer and a poet living in Iraq, where 97% of the population is Muslim.

Video Thuraya Jawad: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Thuraya Jawad is a translator living in Iraq, where 97% of the population is Muslim.
Thuraya Jawad is a translator living in Iraq, where 97% of the population is Muslim.

Video Nibras Na’il: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Nibras Na’il is a student in Iraq, where 97% of the population is Muslim.
Nibras Na’il is a student in Iraq, where 97% of the population is Muslim.

Video Adla Dizdar: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Adla Dizdar if from Bosnia, where 40% of the population is Muslim.
Adla Dizdar if from Bosnia, where 40% of the population is Muslim.

Video Maja Behmen Novalić: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Maja Behmen Novalić is from Bosnia, where 40% of the population is Muslim.
Maja Behmen Novalić is from Bosnia, where 40% of the population is Muslim.

Video Asylkan Sadykova: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Asylkan Sadykova lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.
Asylkan Sadykova lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.

Video Dinara Osmonova: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Dinara Osmonova lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.
Dinara Osmonova lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.

Video Aigerim: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Aigerim Sooronbaeva lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.
Aigerim Sooronbaeva lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.

Video Eliza Kaldybaeva: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Eliza Kaldybaeva lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.
Eliza Kaldybaeva lives in Kyrgyzstan, where 75% of the population is Muslim.

Video Madina Sharifova: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Madina Sharifova lives in Tajikistan, where 85% of the population is Muslim.
Madina Sharifova lives in Tajikistan, where 85% of the population is Muslim.

Video Halima Hasanova: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Halima Hasanova lives in Tajikistan, where 85% of the population is Muslim.
Halima Hasanova lives in Tajikistan, where 85% of the population is Muslim.

Video Arzu Huseynova: Why I Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Arzu Huseynova is from Azerbaijan, where some 90% of the population is Muslim.
Arzu Huseynova is from Azerbaijan, where some 90% of the population is Muslim.

Video Ulviyye Akhundova: Why I Don't Wear The Hijab

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July 21, 2010
Ulviyye Akhundova is from Azerbaijan, where some 90% of the population is Muslim.
Ulviyye Akhundova is from Azerbaijan, where some 90% of the population is Muslim.

Project Hijab

In this special video collection, women from six countries explain why they do (or do not) wear the hijab. France made headlines recently when it banned the burqa from public spaces, but debate about Islamic headwear goes on in every corner of the world. Click on any of the videos to hear opinions from women around the world.

Your Video Here

Are you a woman who wears the hijab? Or are you a woman who's against Islamic headwear? Send us your short videos telling us about your choice. Or upload to YouTube, or another video-sharing site, and send a link to RFE/RL's webteam. Or share your video link through Twitter using the hashtags #whyiwearthehijab and #whyidontwearthehijab.

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