A woman can hide her tantalizingly touchable hair, conceal every inch of supple skin and drape her feminine curves with the loose-hanging black fabric of a niqab. But, as Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan has found, it isn't a satisfactory way to battle fleshly temptation, as it leaves her eyes visible to men -- and eyes are incredibly seductive, especially when they are the only part of a woman's body that is revealed. His solution: one-eyed veils.
Last week, the cleric made the call for Muslim women in Saudi Arabia to adopt a veil that covers all but one eye. Habadan believes that "showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye makeup to look seductive," the BBC reports.
OK, so there is plenty -- too much, really -- that could be said in response. But I'll concern myself with practicalities for now: When it comes to veiling, it seems to me that there is a positive relationship between the amount of coverage and the erotic charge of what's left uncovered. If two dramatically framed eyes are enticing, maybe a single window to a woman's soul is even more inviting. Also, if the veil drives women to seductively paint their eyes, won't the one-eyed veil only heighten that effort?
Finally, I wonder whether Sheikh Habadan has considered that this also allows for a new pickup line: Was that a seductive wink or are you just blinking?