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Most often, it is worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and privacy.
According to the Encyclopedia of Islam and Muslim World, modesty in the Quran concerns both men's and women's "gaze, gait, garments, and genitalia." In the Qur'an, the term 'hijab' refers to a partition or curtain in the literal or metaphorical sense.
Those who harass believing men and believing women undeservedly, bear (on themselves) a calumny and a grievous sin. Enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): That is most convenient, that they may be distinguished and not be harassed.
What is considered modest or daring in one society might not be considered so in another.Women in different parts of the world have also experienced unofficial pressure to wear or not wear hijab in general, or in its certain forms, including physical attacks.The Quran instructs both Muslim men and women to dress in a modest way, but there is disagreement on how these instructions should be interpreted.The verse where it is used literally is commonly understood to refer to the curtain separating visitors to Muhammad's house from his wives' lodgings.
This had led some to argue that the mandate of the Qur'an to wear hijab applied to the wives of Muhammad, and not women generally.The verses relating to dress use the terms khimār (head cover) and jilbāb (a dress or cloak) rather than ḥijāb.