Disagreements involving the use of the hijab - the head scarf used by many Muslim women - is causing trouble at several Oslo schools, and not just between Norwegians and Muslims. Several Oslo schools report increased use of the scarf, generally worn to cover the hair, and researchers agree that it is becoming more customary with Muslim girls, newspaper Dagsavisen reports. The use of the scarf has led to some Muslim girls being taunted by ethnic Norwegian students, but has also sparked arguments between Muslim girls. "We clearly notice that there are more girls wearing the scarf than before, and that it occasionally causes friction between Muslim girls. We have had episodes where the girls in headscarves have accused the others of being loose, or of being whores
," said Anne Bech Skogen, principal at Bredtvedt High School in Oslo. Marianne Bockelie at the Red Cross resource center said that it was extremely rare for disputes to arise over hijabs at the center, but said she knew of such incidents at schools. The hijab has become increasingly linked to Islamism, and has so begun a point of dispute in several countries in recent years.