My research pertaining to the wearing of the scarf (jihab) is that it is an option, not a requirement for Muslim women.

Therefore, the response to an applicant requesting permission to wear a jihab should read:

“Request denied. Thank you for your interest in The Citadel.”

J.C. Pearson

Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

The Citadel, Class of 1951

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