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Hijab re-emerges as flashpoint with Iranians demanding change

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr

28 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Disagreements over how woman should dress in public are threatening to increase tensions between liberals and conservatives in Iran. Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times reports.

One lunchtime last week, Nasim went into a Tehran restaurant where most of the female diners were wearing their hair uncovered — an increasingly common trend in Iran’s big cities despite the country’s strict Islamic dress code. Then a family entered, one member in the full-length chador worn by conservative women.

“Everybody looked at her and some at our table discussed whether we should force her to remove it,” said the music teacher, 36. “None of us did anything, but the family felt a lot of pressure with the way others looked at them.”

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