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Woman in a burqini

A burqini (or burkini; Arabic: بوركيني‎‎, portmanteau of burqa and bikini) swimsuit is a type of swimsuit for women. The design is intended to comply with the Quranic admonition for Muslim women to dress modestly.[1] The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, whilst being light enough to enable swimming. It looks rather like a full-length wetsuit with built-in hood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of neoprene.[2]

In August 2009, a woman in France was prevented from swimming in a public pool wearing a burqini, amidst ongoing controversy about Islamic dress. The action was justified by reference to a law that forbids swimming in street clothes.[3]

Notable wearers have included Nigella Lawson,[4] who wears a burqini not out of religious observance but to protect her skin.

Some hotels and resorts in Morocco prohibited the use of a burqini in their pools for hygienic reasons. Bikinis and other swimsuit models are allowed. This caused controversial political debates.[5]

Other styles of "Islamic" swimwear include the veilkini and MyCozzie brand.[6] Aheda Zanetti criticized the mycozzie suit, claiming it used lycra and was unsafe. This was disputed by the designer of the mycozzie swimsuit.[7]

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  1. ^ Martin et al. (2003), Encyclopedia of Islam & the Muslim World, Macmillan Reference, ISBN 978-0028656038
  2. ^ Taylor, Rob (2007-01-17). "Not so teenie burqini brings beach shift". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ "French pool bans 'burkini' swim". 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  4. ^ Jones, Lucy (2011-04-19). "Nigella Lawson's burkini: can you blame her? by Lucy Jones at telegraph.co.uk/". Blogs.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Di Maroko, Burkini Dilarang, Bikini Silahkan". August 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Filling void in modest swimwear". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  7. ^ Chandab, Taghred (2009-08-30). "Itsy bitsy teeny weeny burqini design battle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-04.