Preferred public female dress in Muslim countries

A recent University of Michigan study of preferred public female dress in Muslim countries has some fascinating findings. Men and women from seven countries were asked to identify the most appropriate female dress, from six options. The mosaic plot above is my visualisation of the results. The images are the ones used in the study, scaled so that areas reflect percentages of responses.

A more detailed breakdown of the results shows that men and women gave similar rankings. In Pakistan, college-educated people tended to be less conservative. In Lebanon, the least conservative option (#6) was associated with Christianity, while in Turkey, it was associated with Shia Islam. Of the seven countries studied, Saudi Arabia was the most conservative.

See here for the full report and here for an interview with lead researcher Mansoor Moaddel. Thanks to Thumbs Up Viz for pointing out this study.

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