I receive most of my news from Wikipedia which is typically reliable unless the news pertains to chickens. I learned France recently prohibited wearing burqas and niqabs. Wearing a chador or hijab is still perfectly kosher halal. In case you were wondering what the difference between the various modes of dress allow me to give a brief overview.
Burqa: Covers the entire body with mesh over the eyes.
Niqab: Covers the entire body with a thin slit for the eyes.
Chador: Covers the body but leaves the face bare.
Hijab: Covers the hair and neck.
The last two are still legal because they do not cover the face. So with a variety of options why would a Muslim woman pick one over the other? Because of varying interpretations of the Quran. The Quran states men and women should dress modestly. A line mentions women lowering their gazes – some take this to mean they should wear a veil. Others view it as a misinterpretation or allegory.
The implications of the law on religious freedom, and the affects of a religion’s requirements on personal freedoms are beyond the scope of this article. I simply wanted to state a niqab makes me think of a ninja who did not cinch her uniform tightly to her body.