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Feminism and the Veil
Produced by: Safaa Faisal
Does the act of a Muslim woman wearing the veil affect how she is perceived as well as her family? Does modern feminism and the practice of wearing the hijab conflict with one another? Producer Safaa Faisal returns to her home country, Egypt, to find out why so many women are taking up the veil.

Program Credits

Feminism and the Veil was produced by Safaa Faisal of the BBC’s Arabic Service. It airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, crossing boundaries.


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