Today, I learned the difference between hijab and niqab. For Muslim women a Hijab is a headcovering or modesty. A niqab covers the whole face (except for the eyes). A women sitting on the subway next to me was dressed in full niqab. Her face was covered except for her pretty eyes. (I think people will fetishize what they cannot see, her eyes were a heck of a lot more intriguing than Britney Spears; and it is not a common choice in NYC.) She wore long sleeves and also gloves…fyi nyc summer has begun.
By furtive glances, I noticed her eyes and that she was dozing a bit as I do in the mornings with her bags in her lap. Her two gloves were mismatched colors (dark blue and black) and underneath her long dress as she got off the train I noticed she had on white socks.
Told my Israeli coworker Naomi about this….her response: they’re crazy….I said it was similar to religious Jewish women covering up….she agreed but retorted….they’re crazy too….they are alike….
So we just have to get people to see their similarities…or an ingenius plan I heard in a recent documentary I went to see Encounter Point about workers for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict….make all the smokers get their cigarettes from either the territories or Israel whichever is the home of The Other and people will get along in service of their nic fits…
I think it’s neat that except for a glance or two, at the odd sight of it, people went about their business. It’s one of the things I like about NYC…The countdown to leaving has begun so of course I have to appreciate it before I go.