Hijab, the Muslim concept of female modesty, is often inaccurately referred to as "the veil." However, hijab takes many different forms. Perhaps most women who practice hijab do not cover their face, but rather their hair. However, the Afghan burqa does cover the face. It has been suggested that the practice of wearing a veil - uncommon among the Arab tribes prior to the rise of Islam - originated in Byzantium, from whence it spread among the Arabs.
The expression "to take the veil" can also mean to become a nun.
In the custom of white weddings, a diaphanous veil is often part of the bride's apparel.