The issue of religious headwear is in the news again.

In an effort to recruit women from Edmonton's Islamic communities, the police service there recently announced Muslim policewomen will be allowed to wear a hijab on duty.

Edmonton police say safety considerations would come first, and that they expect the hijab would be worn underneath a standard police cap. Unlike the niqab, which covers the full face except for the eyes, the hijab is a veil or scarf that wraps around the head but doesn't obscure the wearer's face.

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