Lisa Napoli: Next week, Marketplace Morning Report will be broadcasting from Cairo, Egypt. It's part of our special coverage of economic issues in the Middle East. Today, a preview. A story about one of the most iconic images of the Middle East: the head scarf.
In recent years, the head scarf has been a flash point the world over. Marketplace's Alisa Roth says in Jordan, some women who wear it say it's more about fashion than religion.
Alisa Roth: Standing in a shop window, Lowei is carefully wrapping a mannequin in a head scarf. As a man, he's not allowed to put the scarf directly on a real woman. He says there are a lot more hijab -- or head scarf -- stores than there used to be in Jordan. Not necessarily because people are more religious, he says, but because it's the style.
That style is good for business: headscarves have to keep up with clothes fashion, Lowei explains. So if purple is the "it" color for sweaters or shirts, it'll be big for hijab, too.
But there are more variations with headscarves, from the kind of fabric to the way it's wrapped around the head.
Read the rest here.