It is intended to protect women from the gaze of men and men from the temptation of women. It can also be a statement of faith and signify a withdrawal from the everyday world.
Although the burqa is not a legal requirement anywhere, some women wear it because their husbands or fathers command them to. On the other hand, some wear it by choice.
By 2018, several European countries had banned the wearing of Islamic face veils, including the burqa.
- Multiple references:
- Friedman, Victoria (June 1, 2018). Austria, France, Denmark, and More: Europe Rejects the Islamic Burqa. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
- Kirkwood, R. Cort (August 17, 2018). Europe Is Banning Muslim Garb. The New American. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- Basu, Zachary (August 19, 2018). Between the lines: Europe's burqa bans. Axios. Retrieved August 19, 2018.