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British P.M. Theresa May rejects hijab in visit with Saudi Arabian crown prince

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud shakes hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 5, 2017. (Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS)

In a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and other dignitaries on Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in the country sans headscarf in a gesture that she said was meant to display that women can hold “significant positions.” Saudi Arabia, which follows a strict version of Sharia law, requires that all women in the country wear an abaya — a loose robe-lie dress — and that all Muslim women wear the hijab. In declining the hijab, May followed the example of several other major female leaders — including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, and Laura Bush. In February, French politician and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen abruptly canceled a meeting with one of Lebanon’s top Muslim clerics over her refusal to wear a hijab for the planned get-together

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