According to the survey, in which several hundred "nationally representative" citizens from seven Islamic nations were polled, Saudi Arabia takes the most conservative stance. Some 11% of Saudis saw the face-obscuring burka as the most appropriate form of female dress, compared to single digits in neighboring countries, while 63% favor the niqab, a veil that exposes only a female's eyes.
Overall, a fitted hijab, which covers a woman's hair, was deemed the most acceptable fashion fixture in each country, earning 44% of the vote on average. While Lebanon, Turkey, and Tunisia showed support for covering the hair, those countries also had the most liberal attitudes. The majority of Lebanese polled (56%) said women should be allowed to dress freely, compared to just 14% of Egyptians.
With all due respect to cultural norms, it's a little dismaying to see such little support for the concept of women being able to wear whatever they like (whether that includes a hijab or a short skirt). (Slate)