A recent study showed the viewpoints and practices of various Muslim countries’ women citizens. Their outlooks vary diversely.
The survey was conducted in the seven Muslim majority countries including: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
This study was conducted by University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. It was found that Muslim women in majority from these seven countries reported that they prefer to wear hijab, al-amira or scarf to cover their hairs in public rather than burqa or niqab which covers their whole face.
In Egypt and Iraq, chador or black hijab is the second choice whereas women of Saudi Arabia give preference to niqab; 63% of women chose it.
In Pakistan, 32% chose niqab while 24% declined toward hijab.
In Lebanon and Turkey, there is the highest proportion of people who believed that head should not be covered at all among each country that has been selected for the survey.
In Lebanon, 27% women who have participated in the survey were Christians; this may have impacted the whole result of this country and higher proportion of uncovered head has been achieved.
Islam doesn’t force to cover the faces of women; it is on her own will. Even in the biggest Muslim celebration “Haj”, it is not obligatory to cover the face.