Asma Patel, a local Muslim, wears a veil known as a niqab, as she arrives for a constituency meeting with Britain’s Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw in Blackburn, northern England, October 13, 2006. Straw is meeting constituents for the first time since claiming that the facial veils of women can make community relations more difficult. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN)
Ran on: 10-18-2006
Asma Patel wears the full-face veil, or niqab, which has aroused controversy in Britain.
Ran on: 10-22-2006
Young girls at a school in Beni Suef, Egypt, 150 miles south of Cairo, wear the hijab, a head scarf worn by some Muslim women.