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Culture is a set of values, beliefs and ideas that a person identifies with. Sometimes, this culture gets its guidelines by the help of the religion that is prevalent in the society. Therefore, both these things should not be mixed. The culture of a South Asian woman would be to wear 'shalwar kameez' that covers their bodies sufficiently according to the codes prescribed by Islam.
The only misconception that the westerners and probably some of the Muslims are also carrying is that the covering of hair is not related to the culture aspects (Human Rights News, 2005). It is more of a religious obligation that every Muslim woman should follow. This head covering is also prescribed by the law of Christianity for women as well and the nuns follow it too. In the same way, other artifacts which have religious obligation for some of the sects of Islam or any other religion for that matter, are also of religious importance and cannot degrade the assimilation of one individual in a different culture. This misconception is in the minds of the people that following these rituals, behaviors or artifacts can hinder the evolution of an individual in a different culture. The religious values remain the same for those who know the importance of those values; the way of integrating them into their newly adopted culture is the real task for that individual. This kind of behavior usually results in the modification of the new culture in accordance with the rules and regulations of an individual's religion.
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