From 22 Words
From the BBC…
The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women. These scarves come in a myriad of styles and colours. The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.
The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf. The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf popular in the Gulf region. It is wrapped around the head and tucked or pinned in place at the shoulders.
The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear. The chador, worn by many Iranian women when outside the house, is a full-body cloak. It is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath.
The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf. The burka is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through.
Of course, in the Empty Quarter most Islamic women wear the niqab and burka, to boost the fear factor and intimidation outsiders (like the PCs) feel.
(If you want a normal – and rather successful – Islamic region of space, then you need to head to the Solomani Rim and check out areas like Sulieman subsector. That’s Brotherhood territory, where the infidels know their place, shut their mouths and pay their taxes. (Think Turkey, or Iran, or Kazakhstan, or Malaysia.)
In contrast, the Saudi-style Islamic cultures that shape the Empty Quarter traditionally prefer the Islamic State as their model… but they are more open to Muslim Brotherhood-style methods ever since the Hebrin Rebellion was crushed. “Why behead and slaughter the infidel, when you can tax and humiliate them instead?”)
Note that Aisha (as described in Stellar Reaches #13, page 53 ff.) follows the fashions of the more civilized and successful Islamic cultures; but they hail from the more pro-Imperial world of Conda/Daibei sector, rather than the Solomani systems of doubtful loyalty.