Meaning of Hijab According to Urban Egyptian and Yemeni Muslim Women

Date of Award

Summer 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Committee Member

Donald H. Smith

Committee Member

Victoria M. Time

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 J33 2011


Meanings of hijab held by urban Egyptian and Yemeni Muslim women were the focus of this study. In addition to the meanings held of hijab, the study also explored the relationships between demographic variables and perceptions of hijab. Three null hypotheses led the analyses pertaining to the differences between Egyptian and Yemeni respondents in their perceptions of hijab, demographic differences between those that wore a hijab and those that wore a niqab, and the demographic differences between those that wore a hijab and those that did not wear a hijab. Data analysis was based on the results of a self-administered survey with 100 participants selected through a snowball-sampling technique. Significant differences were found in each of the null hypotheses.


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