An Hijab Is Not a Veil

To the Editor:

In their reviews of Paris Je T’Aime, both Rex Reed and Andrew Sarris describe a scene where a young Muslim woman stumbles and loses her veil [May 14]. This is inaccurate, and not a trivial detail.

She was actually wearing a headscarf, or hijab, which covers her hair and not her face. This is an important distinction among Muslims, and particularly so in France, where it is a declaration of one’s seriousness in observing Islamic customs.

How sad it is that two such astute critics as Messrs. Sarris and Reed would be unaware of this, especially at a time when America so desperately needs a deeper understanding of Islam.

Dan Cahill
Manhattan

An Hijab Is Not a Veil