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Jakarta Post

To veil or not to veil, Islamic women face tough choices

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 26 2010   /  09:40 am

When Wina decided to shed her jilbab, the headscarf symbolizing, for most people, a woman’s commitment to Islam, her husband commented, “It’s up to you, but it’s degrading.”

She said some of her colleagues at work started gossiping and were cynical toward her following her decision to remove the scarf after three years wearing it.

Wina, a thirty something Jakarta resident, had been one of the subjects in the book “Psychology of Fashion”: Fenomena Perempuan Melepas Jilbab (Psychology of Fashion: The Phenomenon of Women Removing Their Jilbab), launched Tuesday in Jakarta.

The author, Juneman, a psychologist from the University of Persada Indonesia, interviewed three other women who also decided to shed their headscarves.

The choice was often met with shock and criticism — some soft and others openly harsh — from their friends and family.