SPF Burqa

A thought struck me this evening… yes, it does happen occasionally! There’s lots of talk in many countries about banning the burqa because of the difficulty in identifying the person beneath and many other made-up reasons. There’s probably not quite as much talk about why Muslim women wear them or the more revealing hijab in the first place. Is it strictly an Islamic tradition? I’ve heard some claims it isn’t so much a religious requirement as an Arabic cultural thing.

I read something recently, I can’t remember where but it was either theage.com.au or news.com.au, in a report about the Muslim riots in Sydney this week. A Muslim woman pointed out that the men also have a form of hijab – their beards. It all comes down to the requirement to show less skin, apparently.

This eventually led to the idea that maybe Muhammed was thinking of the high risk of sunburn in the harsh Arabian deserts that prompted him to tell everyone to cover up. Could he or the larger educated populate have been aware of skin cancer, too? Maybe it was just common sense in that environment. Perhaps sandstorms were also a consideration.

I’ve done absolutely no research on this. I’m just putting the thought out there. Maybe someone knows the answer or maybe the real reason has been lost in the sands of time, but either way I’d be interested to hear some other ideas.

4 thoughts on “SPF Burqa

  1. kazemah

    Women wear hijab because Allah commands them to. That simple. It’s done in obedience to our Lord. Not because of the weather, or because our husbands tell us to, or because of sandstorms (I’ve heard this a few times). Yes, men have a form of hijab as well. They have to wear pants that cover from their belly button to below their knees. While praying, they have to cover their shoulders. And both men and women are commanded to lower their gaze concerning the opposite sex.
    Banning the burqa or niqab is a total violation of religious freedom. If it’s something legal, where a woman needs to show her face for identification purposes, just have a female check. What’s difficult about that? The burqa or niqab isn’t oppressing women, but telling them that they cannot practice their religion is certainly oppression.

  2. Richard Leonard Post author

    Thanks for your response, Kazemah. I wasn’t challenging the decision to ban or not ban the burqa or anything similar. Personally I’m not a fan of banning things. I was merely suggesting a possible practical reason for the attire and was wondering if there was any history associated with it.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Andrew

    I just realized that the burqa probably offers excellent skin protection again UV radiation, skin cancer, and photo aging of the skin, and found your post when searching for these terms. It would be interesting to compare the skin of long time burqa wearers to non-burqa wearers living in the same region. I’m betting that burqa wearers have skin that looks very young and healthy relative to non-wearers.


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