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Q: Buying a burqua ( Answered,   4 Comments )
Subject: Buying a burqua
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: chesapeake-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 22 Apr 2002 07:12 PDT
Expires: 22 Apr 2003 07:12 PDT
Question ID: 2603
Where can I buy a burqua (burka)like the ones the women wear in Afganistan--the 
blue one?  I want one that goes from head to toe.  I don't want one like they 
wear in the Middle East (e. g. Palestine, 
Saudi Arabia)

Request for Question Clarification by katwoman-ga on 22 Apr 2002 08:17 PDT
Would you like to buy one from a store near your home or would you like to buy 
one online?
Subject: Re: Buying a burqua
Answered By: trailhead-ga on 22 Apr 2002 11:02 PDT
The “burqa” (also spelled burqua, burka, burcka) has been a recent 
controversial topic in world news.  Islamic women in Afghanistan were required 
to wear the head-to-toe shroud under the 1996 Taliban fatwa (or decree).  

Burqas come in many different styles (lengths and colors) and materials 
(georgette, cotton, polyester) but all share the common goal to cover all but 
the eyes of the face.  Inside, a mesh-like embroidery drapes the face.

There are a number of online stores that will accommodate your request.  If you 
order one from outside the United States, be sure to use a credit card.  If the 
shipment gets lost, your credit card (depending on their policy) might cover 
the costs. 

As mgriffiths has stated (See comments below) Muttaquan Bookstore has full-
length burqas for sale, ranging in size (5’0-6’0), color (black, cream, brown, 
green), and price ($80-$90).

Muttaquan Bookstore
Women’s Clothing Page has only full-length burqas in black, green, and cream and are 
cheaper in price ($48.99-$50.00). only has the short-length veil that covers the face in black for 
Burqa Page

Please let me know if you want to purchase these online or from a store 
location near you.  I couldn’t find any blue burqas online.  Depending on your 
location, however, I can do more research for a store specializing in Islamic 
clothing near you.

Additional Websites that may interest you:

Muttaqun Bookstore
Burqa Page

Our reporter stumbles through a shrouded world
Inside it you feel it

Village Voice
What Women Want

U.S. State Department 
Women and Girls in Afghanistan
Reasons Vary for Wearing a Veil

Search Terms Used:

afghan burqa
islamic clothing

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Subject: Re: Buying a burqua
From: mgriffiths-ga on 22 Apr 2002 07:24 PDT
Full length Afghan burqas in black, green, brown and cream are available from:
Muttaqun Bookstore
"Full Burqas to cover like those worn in many parts of the Muslim world from 
the Arabian Pennunsula to Pakistan. This style comes with a mesh-like face 
screen. One size fits upto XL. NOW AVAILABLE IN COLOR. This item is special 
order and requires 4-6 weeks shipping."
Subject: Re: Buying a burqua
From: bookface-ga on 22 Apr 2002 07:27 PDT
Please clarify; as you can see here,
Afghanistan is considered part of the Middle East.

Meanwhile, I'll toss this in if it helps:
Subject: Re: Buying a burqua
From: johnfrommelbourne-ga on 23 Apr 2002 09:20 PDT
Surely the answer that came back from researcher was as comprehensive a reply 
as one could reasonably expect from any source and deserved the $25.00 for 
sure. I dont think anyone in my country, Australia,  would have any idea where 
to find a burqua.

  Congrats to researcher, you are a credit to your new profession.
Subject: Re: Buying a burqua
From: misaw1-ga on 09 Mar 2005 08:53 PST
You can also get Islamic clothing like Burqa and abaya at


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