Doesn’t hijab prevent one from being able to integrate into society in non-Muslim countries?
Not at all. The proof for something is its existence. There are many Muslim women in the West – such as in Australia which I’m more familiar with – who observe Hijab much more seriously than some ladies in Iran or similar Middle East countries. They work in corporate companies, some are CEOs of their companies, and even police officers (as in Sydney, Australia for example) e.t.c.
Hijab is not to segregate men and women, it is to respect women in society so that they adorn themselves with modesty and sobriety, and not with plaited hair, gold, pearls, or costly attire. Hijab wants to give a chance to a woman to socially profess her godliness with her good and professional works, and not her seductive body.
Sheikh Mansour Leghaei