Debi cited the Mariful Qur'an, a translation & tafsir written by the father of M. Taki Usmani, the Shari'ah Finance expert who sat on Pakistan's high court and was involved in updating the translation. The tafsir is an eight volume set, with an index volume which you can download from http://www.archive.org You can read the page noted in her citation here.
Debi also displayed to you a Canuck video criticizing a seminar purporting to give the history of the hijab. I intend to display to you some history you will not easily find elsewhere. But first, a little background information.
Arab and related cultures consider women to be chattel property. Girls are owned by their fathers and sold to husbands. The Muslim purchases the girl's awrah with his mahr. Because I doubt your will to read Ishaq's Sira, I now exhibit to you a quote from Guillaume's translation. I could not make OCR work, so here is a screen shot of the page with the hot section highlighted.
The Muslim's wife is a prisoner [Tabari translates it differently: "domestic animals"[ Al-Tabari, Vol. 9, pp. 112-113], having no control over her life.
Now we dispose of the modesty claim: it does not apply to slaves. It is purely carnal, not pious.
24:31. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islâm), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.
Read the verse of Hijab:
33:59. O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e.screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allâh is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful.
So as not to be annoyed; what does that mean? We will delve into hadith for the answer. The Profiteer did not have indoor plumbing or an outhouse. When nature called, he went ino the desert to answer it. Being a kind husband, he gave his wives permission to go out to the desert at night for their personal needs, meaning to defecate.
Umar, caliph in waiting, was campaigning for the hijab. As part of his campaign, he hassled Sauda, the Profit's second wife, while she was taking a dump in the desert. Sauda complained to Moe, who revealed the Verse of Hijab as a result.
The wives of the Prophet used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place (near Baqia at Medina) to answer the call of nature at night. 'Umar used to say to the Prophet "Let your wives be veiled," but Allah's Apostle did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam'a the wife of the Prophet went out at 'Isha' time and she was a tall lady. 'Umar addressed her and said, "I have recognized you, O Sauda." He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah revealed the verses of "Al-Hijab" (A complete body cover excluding the eyes).
(the wife of the Prophet) 'Umar bin Al-Khattab used to say to Allah's Apostle "Let your wives be veiled" But he did not do so. The wives of the Prophet used to go out to answer the call of nature at night only at Al-Manasi.' Once Sauda, the daughter of Zam'a went out and she was a tall woman. 'Umar bin Al-Khattab saw her while he was in a gathering, and said, "I have recognized you, O Sauda!" He ('Umar) said so as he was anxious for some Divine orders regarding the veil (the veiling of women.) So Allah revealed the Verse of veiling. (Al-Hijab; a complete body cover excluding the eyes). (See Hadith No. 148, Vol. 1)
See also: Sahih Muslim 26.5397
Remember this next time you see a Muslima pictured smugly smirking, brim full of supremacism in her head bag. Imagine her squatting over a pile in the desert. Not to be outdone, I now exhibit to you a priceless graphic novel illustrating the incident described in the ahadith displayed above. Note: the incident of Moe's adultery with Miriam is documented in my various posts about "Innocence Of Muslims", look for it in the right sidebar.