Wearing hejab, part time?

In JO magazine, Natalia Antonova and I discuss her experiences as a foreign woman who doesn’t wear hejab in a Muslim-majority country:

“I don’t like how the idea of hijab is fixed, as if once you take it on or off, there’s no going back,” she said, when I asked her about what it meant to put it on as a safety measure. “It doesn’t allow for the realities and differing circumstances of life.” We talked about how, beyond being a sign of religious expression, the hijab can function as a “do not approach” sign when one is surrounded by strangers.