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or ni·kab  (nə-käb′)
A veil worn by Muslim women that covers most or all of the face, having a narrow opening or mesh covering for the eyes.

[Arabic niqāb, from naqaba, to pierce, bore a hole, perforate; see nqb in Semitic roots.]


1. (Islam) Islam a type of veil worn by some Muslim women that is made of lightweight opaque fabric and leaves only the eyes uncovered
2. (Clothing & Fashion) Islam a type of veil worn by some Muslim women that is made of lightweight opaque fabric and leaves only the eyes uncovered
[C20: from Arabic]
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Noun1.niqab - a face veil covering the lower part of the face (up to the eyes) worn by observant Muslim women
face veil - a piece of more-or-less transparent material that covers the face
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Although the American University in Cairo (AUC) has retracted a decision that included banning full face veils, the niqab, inside its campus premises, still the idea of niqabis' presence in any public space remains a controversial and unresolved issue as long as it remains banned and unwelcomed in other places.
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Paul Nuttall's party is also pushing for a public ban on the niqab, claiming such facecovering veils are "dehumanising symbols of segregation and oppression" which pose security risks.
The Egyptian parliament debated a ban on full face veils in public places and government buildings in March and Cairo University banned lecturers from wearing the niqab earlier this year because the veils reportedly led to "poor communication" during lectures.
GENEVA, June 8 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti women willing to visit Switzerland have to be careful as the Swiss canton of Ticino will enforce a law banning niqab (face veil) as of July 1, the Kuwaiti embassy in Bern said on Wednesday.
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