Mansoor Moaddel

Mansoor MoaddelA recent U-M study comparing the values and perspectives of the Tunisian public to residents of six other Muslim-majority countries explored issues ranging from secular politics to national pride. It also looked at how people believe women should dress in public. According to a Jan. 8 post on Fact Tank, a Pew Research Center blog, the study, led by ISR researcher Mansoor Moaddel, found that most people want women to completely cover their hair, but not necessarily their faces. Respondents made their choices by looking at cards depicting women in six styles of headdress, ranging from a burqa with full face covering to a woman with no head covering at all. In Saudi Arabia, 63 percent of those surveyed opted for the second most concealing headdress—a niqab, which covers the face, leaving just the eyes revealed. By contrast, 49 percent of respondents in Lebanon voted for no headdress whatsoever. The most popular option overall was the hijab, a veil covering head and chest, leaving the face exposed.