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Islamic university sets off debate over niqab on campuses

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Wed, March 7 2018   /  12:10 am
Right to choose: A woman wearing the niqab (full Islamic veil) holds up a placard during a peaceful rally at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)(full Islamic veil) holds up a placard during a peaceful rally at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Right to choose: A woman wearing the niqab (full Islamic veil) holds up a placard during a peaceful rally at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)Two niqab-wearing students at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Ciputat, South Tangerang, who requested that they be identified only as Ani and Ana, were sitting at a small eatery near their campus when The Jakarta Post met with them.

It was their lunch break, and they sat comfortably among other students at the eatery, sipping iced tea from time to time through straws sneaked into their cloth-covered mouths.

Ani and Ana are college sophomores and had only started wearing niqab a month ago, though they claimed to have thought about covering their faces for years.

The 20-year-old students, who study at the university’s School of Islamic Propagation and Co...