Growing Popularity of Muslim Attire: Faith or Fashion?

Mashruha Zabeen, Shahpar Shams, Nayeema Sultana
2017 International Journal of Asian Social Science  
Article History Keywords Muslim attire Modest clothing Women's clothing Muslim fashion industry Consumer behavior Hijab. L67, M30. Muslim attire, also popularly known as -Modest Clothing‖ is a particular dressing style for the women who adhere to Islamic faith. Traditionally, this attire has been practiced by women as part of obligation to their faith. Interestingly, last decade has seen increasing popularity of the Muslim attire in all age groups of women not only as part of their religion,
more » ... their religion, but also as part of their fashion statement. The prime focus of this paper is to study consumers' opinion about Muslim attire and the underlying forces boosting its rise in the global market. This paper is both exploratory and descriptive in nature. Sample has been chosen from Bangladeshi women aged 13 to 65 who already dress in Muslim attire. The research conducted a primary in-depth interview on 10 women to gain perspective on the motivating factors behind growing attraction towards Muslim attire. The second phase of the research carried out a survey on 150 women with the help of a structured questionnaire on 14 variables to explore their viewpoint. The results reveal that -religious duty‖, -beauty‖ and -influence of opinion leaders‖ have positive relationship with the growing popularity of Muslim attire. JEL Classification Contribution/ Originality: This study contributes in the existing literatures pertaining to Islamic clothing for women. Earlier studies acknowledge -religious duty‖ as primary motivating factor for modest clothing, but this study sheds light on two more factors: -beauty‖ and -influence of opinion leaders‖, which provides new perspective for the fashion industry. follows the principle of modesty. Islamic principle of modesty suggests that women's clothing in public should cover the whole body and essentially be made of non-transparent fabric (
doi:10.18488/journal.1.2017.79.728.737 fatcat:m5y477ncvjee3mxgmwl7ju6kke