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However, although Byzantine art before Islam commonly depicts women with veiled heads or covered hair, it does not depict women with veiled faces.
In addition, the Greek geographer Strabo, writing in the first century AD, refers to some Median women veiling their faces; and the early third-century Christian writer Tertullian clearly refers in his treatise The Veiling of Virgins to some "pagan" women of "Arabia" wearing a veil that covers not only their head but also the entire face.
These primary sources show that some women in Egypt, Arabia, Canaan and Persia veiled their faces long before Islam.
In the case of Tamar, the Biblical text, 'When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face' indicates customary, if not sacral, use of the face veil to accentuate rather than disguise her sexuality.
Those Muslim women who observe the niqab, wear it in public areas and in front of non-mahram (non-related) men.
The face veil pre-dates Islam, and had been used by certain Arabian pre-Islamic cultures.
His opponents within the Saudi establishment ensured that his contract with the university was allowed to lapse without renewal.However, the Shia religious leadership is divided on the issue of niqab.For example, Ayatollah Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei was among the learned who, based upon the Quran and the hadith, believed that women should wear the niqab as per "obligatory precaution (Ihtiyat wujubi).when asking for her hand in marriage, because it is the centre of beauty.